July 24 - July 31, 2022 | Pricing TBD




Join Yale Alumni Academy on Yale`s campus this summer for Viking Voyages: Scandinavia, Russia and Beyond. Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Valerie Hansen and Associate Professor of English, Emily Thornbury lead this journey through four centuries of epic Viking exploits with a focus on history, literature and archaeological study. This immersive seminar course takes place on Yale`s campus and is team-taught by two exemplary Yale faculty leaders. It will traverse the lands and seas that the Vikings once dominated from Northern Europe, westward to Newfoundland Island in Canada and east to Central Asia. Together, we aim to recover the total Viking experience, reading the tales Vikings told about their exploits, learning about their gods and myths, and studying eye-witness accounts of their raids.

Working closely with your faculty leaders, examine the archeological traces of their settlements in Greenland, Iceland, Eastern Europe, and North America, analyzing why experts accept some discoveries, reject others as outright forgeries, and leave yet others in a gray zone awaiting further evidence. During this week of intensive study, you will challenge popular conceptions of Viking heritage, uncover the evidence behind the mysteries, and develop new theories of your own through challenging dialogue with faculty, special guest lecturers and stimulating peers. To view a daily breakdown of course themes, click on the Itinerary tab above on this page. The course syllabus will be available to registrants upon confirmation of your participation.

What Alumni Are Saying About Summer Immersion at the Academy
“I find the experience to be an embarrassment of riches, absorbing the wisdom of faculty members, guest speakers and great support by Yale Alumni Academy. Well done! It doesn’t get any better.”

“Yale Alumni Academy courses represent the best of a Yale education. The courses are chosen for their popularity and relevance, the professors are chosen for their teaching, research, and writing skills and the students are curious and motivated.”

“I didn`t quite know what to expect before the class, but I didn`t expect it to be this refreshing and stimulating. The presentation and discussion are so engrossing that hours fly by without my realizing it. After each one, I eagerly looked into the books mentioned at class, and dove into the reading for the next session. It is such a privilege to have the opportunity for continued learning at Yale.”

Course Format

The online immersion experience begins as soon as you register and receive your books. You`ll join the private online course community where you can meet and connect with fellow alumni scholars in the group and chat virtually about ideas and inspirations from your readings in preparation for the course. By July, you`ll be ready for a week of intensive study with a collegial group of dedicated learners and a passionate pair of faculty.

The main course sessions will include a week of on-campus small-group sessions led by faculty and guest speakers. Alumni participants will come together for a scholarly endeavor that hearkens to the days of being a student on Yale`s campus. Seminar-style discussions provide ample opportunity to engage with experts and peers, informed by comprehensive readings and complementary materials from Yale`s collections: galleries, libraries and museums. Special guest speakers add context to the themes of the syllabus, and evening salons create space to share new ideas and understandings from the lectures and readings. This program has been specially designed for Yale Alumni Academy by Professors Hansen and Thornbury. We invite you to enjoy the privilege of an intimate and bespoke classroom experience with these excellent faculty.

Course Inclusions

Registration for this Yale Alumni Academy on-campus course includes accommodations at The Graduate Hotel in downtown New Haven, meals and program activities for the week. Meals take you on a journey through New Haven`s vibrant restaurant scene along with privately catered sessions with your faculty and special guests. All readings and course materials are also included. Transportation to and from New Haven and items of a personal matter such as laundry and alcoholic beverages are not included.