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Charters of Freedom: Debating the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

In a lively, interactive Smithsonian Debate in which the audience plays a key role, specialists in early American history examine which seminal document more strongly shaped America’s history—and wields a more powerful influence on today’s national life.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
The Next Hunger Games? Writing for the Hot Young-Adult Fiction Market

Author Kathryn Johnson and a panel of five novelists provide practical guidance for writers—both aspiring and active—in this booming genre.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00 A.M.
Personality: The Bigger Picture

How much are we defined as individuals—for better or worse—by what we know as personality traits? Todd Kashdan, a professor of psychology at George Mason University, suggests that there are deeper and more complex aspects of identity that can help guide our approach to life.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Dressing DC for the Small Screen: Costume Designers from House of Cards and The Americans

Who says our town has no style? In this conversation about fashion, Washington, and how the two intersect on a hit series, hear from costume designers Jenny Gering (The Americans) and Tom Broecker (season one of House of Cards).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh, Baby!

For Resident Promoter members or below; Smithsonian staff; and eligible Friends of the Smithsonian members: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 8:00 A.M.
You Said, I Said: How Conversations Work

This lively program led by linguist Anne Curzan examines the details of conversational dynamics, and is filled with great practical tips for navigating everyday exchanges at work, home, out on the town, and online.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:30 A.M.
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