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Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 10 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the National Portrait Gallery. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 10 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the National Portrait Gallery. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Candy entrepreneur Milton Hershey lavishly funded a completely planned community for his workers, and his legacy of civic philanthropy lives on in the town that bears his name. Get a close-up look at the social and architectural heritage that makes Hershey such a “sweet” spot to visit.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

In their designs and purposes, Stonehenge, a medieval cathedral, and the new One World Trade Center are worlds apart—in more way in one. Lisa Passaglia Bauman, an assistant professor of art history at George Mason University, reveals the timeless structural language that unites these and other iconic works of architecture. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Delve into lively discussions of works by Julia Glass, Shirley Hazzard, Louise Erdich, and Phil Klay led by Georgetown University faculty member Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Spend a morning getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court—including the courtroom where cases are argued. Then, a panel of top legal experts previews the issues that will come before the court when the new session begins in October.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The Civil War produced innovations in snooping that would change the way intelligence was gathered. Clayton Laurie, a historian at the Central Intelligence Agency, examines how this bloody conflict became a battle of wits as well as strength as both sides used new intelligence techniques that influenced the outcomes of key battles.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

What insights into current domestic and international issues can the histories of great powers offer us? Marcus Jones, professor of history at the United States Naval Academy, discusses the concept of grand strategies in eras that span ancient Rome, the British Empire, and the Cold War.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

“Sake Samurai” Timothy Sullivan leads a tasty introduction to the world of premium sake, a libation the Japanese call the drink of the gods.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Art historian C. D. Dickerson highlights the sweep of Casanova’s life by setting it against the visual backdrop of his world, which extended beyond his native Venice to major cultural centers from Madrid to Moscow. How can the art of his day illuminate our understanding of this serial seducer?

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM

As one of America’s most influential political families, the Roosevelts made their mark on the world—and on the city of Washington. Spend a day following in their footsteps guided by historian Jim Carr, a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Chicago’s legendary comedy theater returns with satire that’s got all the bells and whistles, combining classic material and brand-new songs, sketches, and improv.

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Chicago’s legendary comedy theater returns with satire that’s got all the bells and whistles, combining classic material and brand-new songs, sketches, and improv.

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.

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Form the era of Constantine to the golden age of the Gothic cathedral, art historian Louisa Woodville examines the art and architecture in the 1,000-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance. (World Art History Certificate core course)

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.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Wander along with Rome expert George Sullivan as he leads you down one of Rome’s most beautiful streets. It’s one that bursts with the beauty of baroque churches and other architectural wonders—rather than tourists.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

After 22 years at the helm of America’s pastime, Bud Selig has plenty of great stories to tell about baseball’s boom years—and a few about the challenges he and the sport faced. He joins a panel of sports media pros including USA Today’s Christine Brennan, Washington Post's Barry Svrluga, and attorney/sportscaster Phil Hochberg for an evening sure to hit a home run with fans.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

In 1925 British explorer Percy Fawcett launched his final—and fatal—expedition into the depths of the Amazon to find a legendary city of gold. Writer David Grann tells the tale of that doomed adventure, and of his own journey along the explorer’s path. Part of the Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them series.

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Emmy Award-winning designer Lyn Paolo is the genius behind the hit series that generates as much buzz for Kerry Washington’s wardrobe as its twists-and-turns depiction of the DC political scene. She talks to the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan about designing Washington fashions that any Hill power broker would gladly plot to wear.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM

The rich farmland of the Shenandoah Valley was a prime target of Sheridan’s 1864 sweep through the region. Explore the site of one of the key battles for control of “the breadbasket of the Confederacy.”

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Cellist Yvonne Caruthers offers an in-depth musician’s perspective on the life and work of the Finnish national musical hero whose compositions span genres from Christmas carols to pioneering minimalist pieces.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Between you and I, do people that impact you negatively literally drive you up the wall? If that sentence sets your teeth on edge, you’ve got a lot in common with linguist Anne Curzan, who casts a (figurative) critical eye on today’s most prevalent lapses in grammar in a lively and informative seminar.

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Gorgeous coloring books designed to melt away grown-up stress have struck gold (and blue and green and magenta) on the best-seller lists. Art therapist and coloring book author Lacy Mucklow explains why so many adults are returning to a once-favorite pastime.

Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Professional fight director Robb Hunter demonstrates how stage and screen performers get the upper hand (or knife or sword or gun) in exciting and realistic clashes that don’t actually put them in danger. Front-row seats are optional. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Libby H. O’Connell, History Channel’s chief historian, serves up a savory history of American food filled with historical nuggets, strange delicacies of yesteryear, and the familiar dishes we love in her new book The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites. Dig in!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

For many vacationers, the road less traveled (and more enjoyed) is one that’s navigated alone. Travel writer Ellen Perlman extols the fun and freedom of planning an itinerary for one.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Long before Edward Snowden, the revelation of government secrets ignited national controversies. Intelligence experts and historians explore the cases of five men who decided to take their information and run—and the public responses from vilification to admiration that these actions brought. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 6:45 PM

American music specialist Robert Wyatt raises a toast to the romance, sparkle, and wit of songs by the creators of My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, and other classic shows.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6:45 PM

When Denmark’s Jewish population faced arrest and deportation in 1943, their fellow citizens provided an extraordinary rebuke to Hitler by smuggling almost all of them out of the country. Ralph Nurnberger of Georgetown University tells the story of this national act of courage.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

On the 166th anniversary of his death, the original “man in black” gets a literary toast from writer Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar. Raise your glass along with them.

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.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Virginia’s autumn landscape provides the perfect backdrop as historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss look beyond Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign to lead an exploration of some of the less-familiar places in the valley that saw significant battles in 1863 and 1864.

Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM

A masterwork by Mussorgsky gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM

A masterwork by Beethoven gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM

A masterwork by Hadyn gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Music by Cole Porter gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

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