Western Conservatory is pleased to announce the Navigating History Project, a video series designed to teach history, geography, and current affairs to a young Christian audience. In order to maximize the teaching power of the series, the video episodes will be streamed live as they are produced to viewers who will have the ability to interact with the filmmakers as they travel to remote locations around the world. This “hands on” approach to the subject matter will provide viewers with as much of the unfiltered perspective of global travel as possible from the comfort of their own homes.

Navigating History also hopes to demonstrate how young Christians can hone their worldviews, and emphasize a true understanding of history by focusing on the events and influences that have shaped nations, illustrating that ideas have consequences and that culture is not neutral.

To accomplish this, small teams of young filmmakers will travel to those countries that are the best examples of cultural and historic influence to create short video episodes on a tight deadline. Unlike television shows where hosts are shot and edited by invisible camera teams, every aspect of production and travel will be visible to those watching from home, as every member of the team serves both on-camera and as production staff.

The tight deadlines for each of the episodes will also serve as an element of drama for the viewers anticipating the next installment of the adventure. With live timers, GPS tracking, and other ways for audiences to monitor the team from this website, there will always be a sense of tension with the rush to reach destinations and meet deadlines.

This first season of Navigating History will begin broadcasting from Egypt on the 1st of December, 2010. Egypt is an ideal location for the first season, since it has such a rich history and pivotal position in Middle Eastern politics. The wide array of topics that Egypt presents and the stunning visual backdrop that it provides makes it a perfect starting point, and it is likely that no other destination best encapsulates the vision for the project as a whole. More about the Egypt expedition.

The world is large, and culture is everywhere, which leaves plenty of room for observation. Later destinations of Navigating History may include:

Japan: A look at Japan’s Imperial past, and how their religious history led to their position in WWII and the American influence afterwards has built their modern culture.

Spain: How did Spain go from controlling half of the world in the 1600s to being one of the smallest economies in Europe?

The Horn of Africa: A comparison of the overt persecution of Sudan and the enforced limitations of Tanzania, both of which have kept a wealthy region utterly impoverished.

Peru and Argentina: A politically incorrect look at ancient Inca culture, and the fruit of Roman Catholic syncretism, colonialism, and corruption.

Lithuania and Ukraine: How did these two Soviet Bloc countries adopt communism, and after the fall of the USSR, how will they rebuild themselves?

Italy: How the Roman Empire grew, collapsed, transitioned into the Catholic Church, grew again, and is now facing a second fall in the face of new European decadence.

India: Hinduism vs. British colonialism vs. Islam vs. Western Outsourcing

But first, comes Egypt. >>