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The Riddle of Umami: In Search of the Fifth Taste
Digital Detectives Reveal Medicine's Roots
DC's Historic Sites: Welcome to Southeast

Paris: The Musical Magnet of the 19th Century (Session 3)
Rossini, Chopin, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner, and Sibelius are among the composers for whom Paris was more than a destination: It was a city where careers and creativity blossomed. Lecturer Saul Lilienstein surveys the wide range of musical artists who responded to its call. This session focuses on Frederic Chopin. Part of a 8-Session Daytime Course.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 12:00 PM
DC’s Historic Sites: Welcome to Southeast
A new lunchtime lecture series on Washington’s four quadrants kicks off with a focus on Southeast, one of the first areas of the federal city to develop thanks to the twin economic engines of the Capitol and the Navy Yard. Enjoy learning about several notable sites on both banks of the Anacostia. This lecture features the Frederick Douglass Home.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:00 PM
The Purple Crayon and the Red Scare: More Than a Children’s Story
Between them, illustrator Crockett Johnson (best known for Harold and the Purple Crayon), and writer Ruth Krauss were involved in some of the most beloved and influential children’s books of the 1950s and 60s. The couple’s involvement in leftist politics, though, garnered them a less appreciative audience: the FBI. Their biographer Philip Nel tells a fascinating tale of the intersection of art, publishing, and ideology during the Cold War.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Smithsonian Rock ’n’ Roll Chorus
8 Weekly Rehearsals Plus Performance
Is soundtrack to your life filled with the music of the Beatles, Beach Boys, and other classic rock groups? Bring those songs alive again as Paul Edson leads this ensemble. 
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Sing Out! The Smithsonian Chorale
9 Weekly Rehearsals Plus Performance
Spend Thursdays in song and in good company as singers meet for weekly rehearsals under the direction of conductor Paul Edson. The sessions culminate in a concert performance.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:30 AM