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Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng, scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, unexpectedly, by insights from the kitchen.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Nothing’s more satisfying than something hot off the grill on a summer evening. Join the co-host of Travel Channel’s American Grilled for a program, cookbook signing, and a seasonally inspired dinner at the Hill Center, site of his second Bayou Bakery location.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Join us in a new innovative series that will look behind headlines and amplify sound bites. The newsworthy topic and featured speaker(s) will be announced the Monday before the program's date.

Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Members-Only: The creative vibrancy and energy of New York at the height of the abstract expressionist movement come alive in the striking, color-infused portraits of Elaine de Kooning. Sip a cocktail as you get a private, after-hours view of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of her works, guided by its curator Brandon Brame Fortune.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. Robert DeCaroli of George Mason University highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. (World Art History Certificate course)

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Conan O’Sullivan of DC’s Sona Creamery explores the long global history of cheese-making, cheese production globally and locally, and what turns a good cheese into a great one.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Includes Cheese-Making Workshop: Conan O’Sullivan of DC’s Sona Creamery explores the long global history of cheese-making, cheese production globally and locally, and what turns a good cheese into a great one. Later, observe the craft of cheesemaking at a lively workshop.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Was there anything in the musical world that Leonard Bernstein couldn’t do? Saul Lilienstein, who studied conducting and frequently performed with him, explores his achievements from Broadway hits to symphonic works and offers a personal perspective on the larger-than-life maestro.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Horace Silver, co-founder of the iconic Jazz Messengers, helped to shape the hard-bop style—and the careers of some of today’s outstanding jazz musicians. SJMO pays tribute to his music and his influence.

Monday, July 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

From North and South America to Europe, Africa, and Asia, the dumpling has become synonymous with comfort food. Find out from food expert Barbara Gallani how this simple dish has inspired songs, poems, and even monuments. And then, sample dumplings from around the world.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

As the beloved Dr. Seuss, writer and illustrator Theodor Geisel taught generations of children to read—as well as to think. With a recently rediscovered book set to be published this summer, it’s the perfect time to join Seuss scholar Philip Nel for a look at Geisel’s life and work.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

John Whyte, a physician, author, and former chief medical expert at Discovery Channel, helps you learn how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the latest outrageous health claims—and decide whether they are true or just plain wacky.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

After living in France for 25 years, author and cooking teacher Susan Herrmann Loomis knows the traditions and techniques that home cooks depend on to produce the simple but delicious everyday meals that make French kitchens (and dining rooms) the envy of the world.

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Join historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss as they explore and interpret the most iconic fight of the Civil War in a full-day excursion.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Though it flowered only briefly in the early years of the last century, art nouveau has had a long-lasting influence and popularity. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the movement’s organic, sinuous, and seductive styles. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has become an iconic novel since it was published in 1960, yet its author, by her own choice, has remained out of the spotlight. Her biographer Charles J. Shields revisits the classic book and takes a closer look at the mysterious writer behind it.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM

It takes a village like Anatevka (or perhaps DC) to bring the songs from the beloved Broadway show to life. L’chaim!

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The map of Turkey is studded with secret places to discover, and Serif Yenen, a tour guide, guidebook author, and filmmaker, can get you ready to set off on some fascinating paths.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the new downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Ursula Wolfman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Anatolia’s ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, supremely elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces are witnesses to a colorful history. Serif Yenen, a Turkish tour guide, guidebook author, and filmmaker, leads a cultural journey that spans the centuries.

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!

Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

You might be surprised to learn that locations like College Park, the White House, and even the Smithsonian Castle played key roles during the earliest years of fight. Paul Glenshaw, a Wright Brothers scholar, leads a day devoted to the thrilling era when Washington—and all of America—first looked to the skies.

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Since no written Etruscan literature, history, or philosophy survives, what we know about this enigmatic ancient civilization comes from its art. Art historian Renee Gondek traces the clues to a lost world found in its stunning visual achievements. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Whether seen in rain or sunshine, the Paris depicted in Gustave Caillebotte’s paintings is a place full of vibrant and alluring urban life. Mary Morton, curator of a new National Gallery exhibition of Caillebotte’s works, explores some of his most powerful and surprising images. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The description swashbuckler seems tailor-made for this Victorian-era explorer, whose expeditions to the African continent opened up not only new geographic realms, but cultural inquiries into religion, race, and sexuality. His biographer Dane Kennedy introduces the colorful—and sometimes controversial—adventurer.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Historian, prescient political analyst, and insightful proto-anthropologist, Herodotus chronicled a vivid depiction of ancient civilization. Classicist Frederick Winter examines Herodotus’ writings and what they reveal about the man and his world.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

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.

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the new downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Ursula Wolfman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. 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!

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

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.

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