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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 20
Teacher: Christine Axen

What you'll learn in this history lesson:

History Happy Hour!  Raise your glass to the past, and come discover the odd and fascinating things people thought and did in the Middle Ages and beyond.  Professor of History will offer a short presentation, and then open the floor to animated conversation over drinks!  No previous knowledge required. 

Each week something different will be discussed. Current schedule is as follows, a single ticket purchase is for ONE day/topic only:

6/26: The Many Mary Magdalenes

7/2: Researching the Sisters of St. Catherine

7/9: 1066 in the Bayeux Tapestry

7/16: Medieval Fashion 

7/30: The Knights Templar

8/6: Demons in the Middle Ages, with featured co-host Mallory McCampbell

8/13: Hidden Gems at the Met Cloisters

8/20: In the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts (moved to 8/27)

8/27: Medieval Family Life (canceled)

About the Instructor:

I am a New York-based professor and museum guide with a PhD in medieval history, and it is my lifelong mission to share the wonderful world of the Middle Ages with anyone who will listen--especially over a glass of rosé!  From illuminated manuscripts to heresy trials to banquet cuisine, each week in History Happy Hour I love touring through medieval culture and sharing it with you!

Materials Needed to Participate Fully:

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What will be included in my Virtual Class package?

One ticket includes an access link to your live, online class. The class will be delivered via web conferencing software and feature a live, professional instructor who will walk you through a lesson as described above. You will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as participate from home.

How many people is my purchase good for?

Each ticket is good for one "device" (i.e. one computer, phone, tablet, etc. you'll be logging in from). This ensures we don't get more people in the class than the instructor can handle. Though we understand some people live together and will be working/learning together, the intent is that each class still allows for the same attention to attendees as if students purchased separately. Please be respectful of this!

Will I need anything from home to use in the class?

You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection. Additionally, if the class is more than just a lecture you will likely want any materials listed in the course description as "Materials Needed to Participate Fully", though you're welcome to purchase a seat and sit in and just watch.

Am I able to ask questions or interact with the class?

Yes, you'll both be able to ask questions using the chat function in the video hosting software as well as at certain intervals during the class via voice/audio. If the class winds up being on the smaller side, more spontaneous interaction/questions will be encouraged.

Do I have to show my video or speak during class?

While we recommend you do show your video and speak when encouraged to by the instructor, video and audio participation are never mandatory. We find classes have more fun experiences when people are engaging with one another, but understand not everyone will want to do so and that's ok!

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Question from Robin C.
Any classes in for the west coast? I would love to take these but it's during work hours.
Question from anonymous
Will these be recorded?
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi, we do not record and distribute classes, unfortunately.
Question from Maria R.
I’m interesting in the course but because I live in Argentina I need to know the hour (5.30hs) is the hour of which country,
Answer from Christine A. Verified Educator
Hi Maria, we meet at 5:30 EST in American time. I think you are one hour ahead of us!
Question from Leandra C.
Do you need an actual computer or will an ipad do? Is it with zoom or with some complicated thingamagig that will frustrate those of us unfamiliar with technology?
Answer from Christine A. Verified Educator
Hi Leandra, we use Zoom (you will be sent a direct link to the meeting) and you can access this on a number of devices including ipads and smart phones.
Question from Stephanie E.
Is there a seat available for the 5/24 lecture?
Answer from Jenny T. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Stephanie! I'm assuming you meant to ask about the 4/24 class? There is a class next Friday if you're interested in joining.
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Reviews of Classes at Christine Axen (124)

(124 Reviews)
Virtual Lecture: History Happy Hour
Reviewed by Mona F. on 8/29/2020
Love it but she could have talked a little slower and would have liked to have had the images identified as to country, book and even perhaps where that book is located.
Virtual Lecture: History Happy Hour
Reviewed by Diane S. on 8/13/2020
I love this course! I'm a repeat customer and the instructor Christine Axen is fabulous!
Virtual Lecture: History Happy Hour
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/8/2020
Loved this class and I was so engaged the entire time. Highly recommend, even if the topic isn’t something you might think to go for yourself, there’s a reason it’s worth reviewing for an hour, I’m sure you’ll find yourself intrigued!
Virtual Lecture: History Happy Hour
Reviewed by louis k. on 8/8/2020
I really didn't find this class as interesting as I had anticipated..
Virtual Lecture: History Happy Hour
Reviewed by renee d. on 8/7/2020
This class has become my favorite summertime pleasure.

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I am a New York-based professor and museum guide with a PhD in medieval history, and it is my lifelong mission to share the wonderful world of the Middle Ages with anyone who will listen--especially over a glass of rosé!  From illuminated manuscripts to heresy trials to banquet cuisine, each...

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