ONLINE CLASS: Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens and Homo Deus (2114)

Five Thursdays: March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

$135.00 (10% off for members)

It took a pandemic and a book on the 1918 Influenza to bump Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens out of the top spot on the NYT paperback Bestseller list. It had been on the list for 96 weeks and is now number 2.

The are many reasons for Harari’s first book, provocatively enough subtitled, A Brief History of Humankind, to have caught and sustained the interest of millions of readers worldwide. Two of the most compelling reasons are that it puts forward a genuinely revolutionary conception of the meaning of the idea of “History” itself, supported by a vast array of carefully researched evidence. At the same time, Harari directly challenges his readers to engage the history he offers, not as a matter of professional academic investigation, but rather as a matter of immediate, existential urgency which imposes on them a responsibility to survey where we have been as a species and recognize the trajectory that brought us to where we are, so as to better discern the challenges we will face and the kinds of choices we will have to make in the very foreseeable future. While Harari’s reading of human history is certainly open to question from many perspectives, he does an admirable job of marshalling arguments and supporting evidence, presenting them clearly, and avoiding the temptation of playing either Cassandra or Prophet. Rather, he gives us a body of work which, arguably, lays legitimate claim to being on the “must read” list of anyone who takes lifelong education as a serious personal commitment.

In this five week course we will read and discuss both Sapiens, and Harari’s sequel to it, Homo Deus.

Five Thursdays: March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Online Class. 

Required Texts:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari (9780062316110)

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari (9780062464347)

Frank Ambrosio is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. After studies in Italian language and literature in Florence, Italy, he completed his doctoral degree at Fordham University with a specialization in contemporary European Philosophy.

He is the founding Director, with Edward Maloney, of the Georgetown University “My Dante Project” a web based platform for personal and collaborative study of Dante’s Commedia. In 2014, he acted as lead instructor for the launch of an ongoing web-based course (MOOC) on Dante offered by EDX ( which currently has been utilized by over 20,000 students.

His most recent book is Dante and Derrida: Face to Face, (State University of New York Press) (Link)

He has received five separate awards from Georgetown University for excellence in teaching. He is the former Director of the Doctor of Liberal Studies Program, and in 2015, he received the Award for Faculty Achievement from the American Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.

In October 2009, The Teaching Company released his course, "Philosophy, Religion and the Meaning of Life," ( a series of 36 half-hour video lectures which he created for the "Great Courses" series. At Georgetown, he teaches courses on Existentialism, Postmodernism, Hermeneutics, and Dante.

In addition to his work at Georgetown, he co-directs The Renaissance Company with Deborah R. Warin, leading adult study programs focusing on Italian Renaissance culture and its contemporary heritage.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062464347
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 4th, 2018