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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.
Shonda Rhimes: TV's Ultimate Show Runner

Shonda Rhimes, the creative force behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, knows how to put together hit shows that become national obsessions. She shares a few of the secrets of how she does it, and talks about why she’s made it a priority to cast some of the most diverse shows on TV.

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 7:00 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.
Synthesizing Art and Science Through the Senses: Exploring the Aesthetics of DNA

A panel of artists, scholars, and scientists comes together for a fascinating conversation on how arts and popular culture can provide unique insights into the narrative of human history told through our DNA. Afterward, raise a glass to the science and the art of winemaking in a special tasting.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:45 P.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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