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The Enigma of Alan Turing: A Biographer’s Portrait

In his acclaimed biography of British mathematician Alan Turing, Andrew Hodges tells how this brilliant man’s concept of a universal machine laid the foundation for the modern computer, and how Turing played a leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: Suite Ellington

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s (SJMO) artists bring the legacy of jazz to life, spotlighting the sounds of the greatest composers and performers of the past and present. Enjoy Billy Strayhorn’s imaginative rearrangement of music from The Nutcracker, as well as the rarely performed Queen’s Suite by Duke Ellington and Strayhorn, written as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 7:30 P.M.
Holiday Decorating, White House Style

Spend an afternoon with professional holiday decorator Coleen Christian Burke as she covers the traditions of White House holiday decorating, brings you behind the scenes as the seasonal transformation takes place, and shares some practical tips on how you can make your own holiday home reflect the sparkle of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00 P.M.
Emerson String Quartet 2014-2015 Concert Series (35th Season)

The Emerson String Quartet returns for its 35th year at the Smithsonian with a five-concert series that displays the range and unparalleled musicianship of an ensemble that has been hailed as “the one indispensable quartet” by Newsweek. The program will feature music by Bach and Beethoven. This is part of a five-concert series.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 6:00 P.M.
John McCain Presents Thirteen Soldiers

Senator John McCain discusses his evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of 13 remarkable men and women who fought in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Perspectives on Seven World Religions
6-Session Evening Course

Religious traditions play fundamental roles in shaping both cultures and individual lives. Guided by specialists, gain insights into the distinctions—and some of the similarities—that define seven major systems of belief.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.