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Emerson String Quartet 2015-2016 Concert Series (36th Season)
The Emerson String Quartet returns for its 36th 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. This program will feature music by Haydn and Beethoven. This is part of a five-concert series.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 6:00 PM
Kris Tompkins on Building Patagonia National Park
Kris Tompkins discusses the career path that took her from CEO of Patagonia Inc. to key player in the creation of the future Patagonia National Park.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 6:45 PM
The World According to John Irving
From his debut novel The World According to Garp to the about-to-be-released Avenue of Mysteries, John Irving has created a distinctive and enduring storyteller’s voice. Join him as he talks about his life as a writer, and take home a complimentary copy of his newest book.
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 7:00 PM
The Economics of Deception: How the Marketplace Makes “Phools” of Us
Nobel Prize-winning economist George A. Akerlof, co-author of Phishing for Phools, details how our economy is stacked against consumers by sellers who exploit our psychological weaknesses and our ignorance through manipulation and deception. His solution for a better deal is greater knowledge, reform, and regulation.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:45 PM
Washington: A History of the National City
President Kennedy once famously mocked Washington, D.C., as a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm. But there’s no denying its importance on the world stage. Historian Tom Lewis paints a portrait of the capital city whose internal conflicts and promise have mirrored those of America writ large.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 6:45 PM