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David Eagleman on the Secrets of the Brain
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Fifty Years of Excellence
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A Jane Austen Quartet: A Daytime Book Discussion Series
Indelible characters, wit, timeless observations on human nature—and of course, romance—are among the delights readers have always found in the novels of Jane Austen. As part of a 4-session program, revisit Sense and Sensibility, and share the experience with fellow fans.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: 50 Animals for 50 Years
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) 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 19, 2015 - 8:00 AM
The Joys of Traveling Alone: How to Boldly Go Solo
For many vacationers, the road less traveled (and more enjoyed) is one that’s navigated alone. Travel writer Ellen Perlman extols the fun and freedom of planning an itinerary for one.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 7:00 PM
The Shadowy History of Film Noir
As the AFI Silver Theater hosts the annual Noir City festival, film scholar Eddie Mueller digs into the detectives, the dames, and the dark doings that make film noir an enduring American genre.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 5:00 PM
The Popes: From Peter to John XXIII
Over the course of two millennia, the unbroken line of leadership of the Roman Catholic Church runs from a humble fisherman to an influential global figure. Historian John M. Freymann the traces the papacy’s inauspicious beginning to its present, powerful form.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 9:30 AM