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The Taming of the Bard: Understanding Shakespeare’s Problem Plays
4-Session Evening Course
Though his works have endured for 400 years, tastes and values change and not all of Shakespeare is easy to like. Tobias Gregory of The Catholic University of America examines five plays that pose questions of understanding for modern audiences.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Deciphering the Obelisk: A 19th-Century Obsession Helps Break the Hieroglyphic Code
The beauty and mystery of ancient obelisks captivated 19th-century Europe and America. Egyptologist Bob Brier reveals how “obelisk fever” also helped unlock the secrets of the hieroglyphs carved into these monuments.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
How Did Zen Become Zen?
Charles Jones of The Catholic University of America follows Zen’s path from its 6th-century beginnings within Chinese Buddhism though the many stages of religious and philosophical development that shaped its now-familiar form.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Inside the Arts and Industries Building
Exclusive Members-Only Event: Smithsonian Associates members at Resident Promoter level and above are invited to step inside the Arts and Industries Building for a special morning devoted to some of the 19th century’s most influential world’s fairs. Activities include talks by Smithsonian experts, building tours, carnival games, music, and more.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM
How Love Won: Jim Obergefell and the Landmark Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision
The named plaintiff in the historic case that defined marriage equality one year ago talks with NPR’s Nina Totenberg about the personal and public backdrops against which that legal struggle played out. Jim Obergefell is joined by Washington Post journalist Debbie Cenziper, co-author of his new memoir Love Wins.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM