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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Welcome to the always-intriguing intersection of mathematics and art. In an evening filled with mind-blowing symmetrical images as well as some complex numbers, Frank Farris introduces the mathematics of symmetry and demonstrates how to create patterns from continuous waveforms.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Bestselling author and respected forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has found the perfect blend of her work and her art. Tonight, she discusses the challenges of translating real-life drama into the stuff of fiction, and a career that includes work on high-profile cases even she couldn’t make up.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Author Susan Casey dives into our fascination with the beautiful and intelligent creatures of the sea that provide the focus of her latest book.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veteran astronaut Don Thomas takes us on a virtual tour of the International Space Station now in orbit, for a glimpse of what it’s like aboard a laboratory adrift in space. He also considers the roles space stations and space colonies may play in the future.

Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM

In case you’ve been in the dark about this, 2015 is the International Year of Light. To help celebrate this cosmic gift, astrophysicist Anna M. Quider leads a Year of Light tribute focusing on its influence in history, science, art, and culture, followed by trivia challenges, refreshments, and light-hearted fun!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Enrique Ortiz, vice president and co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Association, paints a picture of Peru—one of the world’s most diverse regions—from the coastline, desert, and Andes mountains to the Amazonian rainforest.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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 at 8:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. 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. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 8 to 9 a.m.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. 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. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 9 to 10 a.m.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. 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. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 10 to 11 a.m.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Join maritime historian Pete Lesher and discover the traditions of life on Tangier Island, a distinctive Chesapeake Bay community tied to the ways of the water.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Across the centuries, forms of mental disturbance have frightened, fascinated, and haunted us—and in many cases, sparked the creative imaginations of great artists. Author Andrew Scull traces the long and complex history of unreason and our attempts to understand it.

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7:00 AM

A partnership between the Smithsonian and Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a rare chance to go behind the scenes at this center for cutting-edge energy science. This one-of-a-kind study tour brings you into the heart of Oak Ridge’s past and present, guided by the staff and the scientists who lead and conduct its research.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Ride the rails with historian Joe Nevin and the steam engine Mountain Thunder on a round-trip though stunning fall scenery—one of the last before the historic 1916 engine leaves the rails for its latest restoration.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Go behind the scenes at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. Staff members lead a daylong visit that focuses on their fascinating and important work in wildlife and natural resource science.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

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.

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Spend a day at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation, for a chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks, and osprey soaring high over a mountaintop preserve aglow with fall foliage.

Monday, October 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM

If you’ve been hooked on the podcast “Serial,” you’ll want to hear what Timothy G. Keel, a major case specialist with the FBI, has to say about the complexities, challenges, and techniques connected with investigating long-unsolved murders.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Go deep into Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley on an excursion into the region’s   ancient past. Visit Skyline Caverns in Front Royal, Cave Ridge Cellars in Mount Jackson, a family-owned winery, and end the day at Endless Caverns in New Market.

Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Explore the remarkable role fungi play in our planet’s ecology with mycologist, Arctic explorer, and author Lawrence Millman.

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