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Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Explore four of England’s most beloved cities, from York’s bustling medieval streets and Oxford’s beautiful colleges to the splendid vistas of Cambridge and the Georgian elegance of Bath, and discover the treasures and the history that have long made these cities unforgettable.

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, recently surveyed the delights of six Italian regions. In a 6-session course of illustrated talks, he casts his sights on six more from the Alps to the Mediterranean, revealing their histories, mysteries, and pleasures. This session focuses on Sicily.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Art historian Bonita Billman explores the history, architecture, and collections of five outstanding smaller art museums in greater London and highlights their masterworks. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Monday, June 6, 2016 at 6:45 PM

The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey welcomes guests to hear Julian Raby, director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, present an overview of important movements, styles, and masters of the country’s art.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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.

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, recently surveyed the delights of six Italian regions. In a 6-session course of illustrated talks, he casts his sights on six more from the Alps to the Mediterranean, revealing their histories, mysteries, and pleasures. This session focuses on Umbria.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Architectural historian and travel writer Barry Goldsmith offers a guide to the often-overlooked attractions of Northern Spain, a region whose unexpected treasures range from spectacular French-inspired cathedrals to striking contemporary architecture.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:45 PM

The centuries-old tradition of Basque apple cider is now gaining attention in the United States. Get a tasty introduction to this distinctive beverage from Tim Prendergast of DC’s new ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar and Estebe Salgado, a cider importer and Basque Country native. Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Edwin Smith, a biologist at the National Zoo, examines how Madagascar’s plant and animal species—many of which are unique to the island—vie for survival with humans as their once-isolated home is threatened with deforestation, erosion, and other pressures.

Friday, June 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Meet curator Estella Chung before your private view of the stunning exhibition Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945. Then spend time exploring the collection of Russian and French decorative arts in Hillwood’s museum and the estate’s formal gardens at the height of their spring beauty.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Why was Qin Shi Huangdi sent into the afterlife accompanied by an army of thousands of terra-cotta troops? Historian Robert DeCaroli explores the achievements—and the downfall—of a ruler who profoundly shaped the visible expression of Chinese imperial power for centuries to come.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Virginia Shore, acting director and chief curator of the Art in Embassies program, discusses the how works are selected or commissioned and how using art in diplomacy can transcend national borders and foster international connections. (World Art Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:00 AM

One of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is the perfect destination for a visit that includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a stay in a hotel just 100 yards away from the falls itself.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Take a rare opportunity to hear first-person stories from men and women whose careers are spent in diplomatic Washington when you spend a day at the American Foreign Service Association and the U.S. Department of State.

 

 

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