Program Details

History of Games:  From the Caves to Casinos

Helene Herman
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Games date back to the ancient human past as an integral part of all cultures. Games are one of the oldest forms of human social interaction. Whether played by royalty or commoners, games have always been important as cultural and social bonding events, teaching tools, and markers of social status. This lecture will explore the fascinating historical evolution of games, including games like Backgammon, Parchesi, and Chess, as well as the history of card games through the centuries.

About the Instructor

  • Helene Herman retired as President of a 400-member lifelong learning club in Florida that evolved from Brandeis Women. She lectures on a variety of historical and cultural topics. Herman has more than 30 years of executive-level experience in global marketing for a variety of American manufacturers in diverse product areas. She earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from NYU; her background in cultural anthropology was instrumental in putting her on the path to her marketing career and her career as a Lifelong Learning lecturer.