Free, registration requested. In 1177 B.C., after centuries of cultural and technological evolution, the civilized and international world of the Mediterranean regions came to a dramatic halt, resulting in the world’s first recorded Dark Ages. In this lecture, based on his award-winning book of the same title, Eric H. Cline of the George Washington University explores why the Bronze Age ended and whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for our current society. A reception will follow the talk. This program is generously supported by the Boshell Foundation.