What would it be like to encounter alien civilizations? Despite differences, Asian, European, and African cultures exchanged ideas and innovations through trade and travel. In the New World, civilizations evolved isolated from the rest of the world, creating great cultures that rivaled the best the Old World had to offer. Learn about the mysterious Olmecs, the Teotihuacan City State, the Mayan Empire, and the Aztecs and the disastrous meeting with the Old World in 1519.

Creve Maples has a degree in Chemistry (MIT) and a PhD in Nuclear Science (UC Berkeley). He has worked in academia and the private sector, designing advanced computers and developing virtual reality systems. His interest in history and archeology led to the formation of companies active in these areas. These classes result from a scientific curiosity, love of photography and travel, and desire to explore unusual, thought-provoking topics.