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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

After his controversial and widely watched debate with a creationist, scientist educator and television host Bill Nye set off to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. He discusses his new book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, part of that campaign.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s (SJMO) artists bring the legacy of jazz to life, spotlighting the sounds of the greatest composers and performers of the past and present. Enjoy Billy Strayhorn’s imaginative rearrangement of music from The Nutcracker, as well as the rarely performed Queen’s Suite by Duke Ellington and Strayhorn, written as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II.

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

A visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers a rare glimpse into a one-hidden world through rich and diverse objects from the Palace Museum in Beijing. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Art historian Robert DeCaroli explores the dynamic and far-reaching history of China’s art, examining a complex legacy in which social, religious, and political shifts gave rise to new and variant forms of material culture. (World Art History Certificate core course)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Spend Wednesday mornings in song and in good company. Under conductor Jeanne Kelly, the Encore Chorale for singers 55 and older begins a series of 15 weekly rehearsals leading to a performance.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Spend Wednesday evenings in song and in good company. Under conductor Jeffrey Dokken, the Encore Chorale for singers 55 and older begins a series of 15 weekly rehearsals leading to a performance.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

It took cyanide, bullets, and the freezing waters of the Neva River to end the life of Rasputin on December 29, 1916. What hasn’t ended are the controversies over who actually carried out the murder—and the reasons behind it. Ralph Nurnberger examines if new research finally provides the answers.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Art historian Renee Gondek leads a survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the Paleolithic period, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds, and investigates how these ancient material cultures are still reflected in our own. (World Art History Certificate core course)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The interplay of natural elements produces a spare but eloquent beauty in karesansui gardens designed for calm and reflection. Landscape architect and writer Marc Peter Keane traces the origins, symbolism, and spiritual aspects of this Japanese gardening tradition that has been embraced the world over.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Saul Lilienstein brings to life the rich musical worlds of Budapest and Prague, where composers like Mozart and Brahms, Liszt and Dvorak, and major 20th-century masters found inspiration in “the conservatory of Europe.”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session one of a six-session course.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Religious traditions play fundamental roles in shaping both cultures and individual lives. Guided by specialists, gain insights into the distinctions—and some of the similarities—that define seven major systems of belief.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session one of a six-session course.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Like any language, art has its own vocabulary—one in which you discover more meaning and gratification as your fluency increases. Spend a day expanding your understanding of how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it, and how to see in a cultural context. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Set off with biodiversity specialist Bob Szaro on a virtual tour of Costa Rica that takes in its mountains, tropical forests, beaches, and wildlife—all part of the mix of elements that define this land of “pura vida,” or “pure life.”

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

You’ve likely had her work in your hands—and on your cards and letters. Now meet art director Ethel Kessler, who designed more than 300 beautiful stamps for the US Postal Service, including the now-iconic Breast Cancer Awareness stamp.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Architecture and urban studies lecturer Bill Keene offers a portrait of a complex innovator whose life encompassed acclaim and triumph as well as scandal and tragedy. Tom Wright, the architect’s grandson, provides a look at the joys and challenges of living in and maintaining a Wright-designed house in Bethesda. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Do the seductive agents in spy thrillers who deploy their very personal powers of persuasion really exist? In a 4-part series, historians and former intelligence officers share the stories of magnetic and charming spies who used the bedroom as their base of operations.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Art historian Lawrence Butler illuminates the history of England from the 7th to 14th centuries by examining treasures from a buried ship, the illuminated Lindsfarne Gospels, the Bayeux Tapestry, and majestic Canterbury Cathedral. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session two of a six-session course.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session two of a six-session course.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s (SJMO) artists bring the legacy of jazz to life, spotlighting the sounds of the greatest composers and performers of the past and present. Sax legend John Coltrane gets a salute in a program that surveys his work as a musician and composer during his years with Miles Davis in the late 1950s.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session three of a six-session course.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session three of a six-session course.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session four of a six-session course.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session four of a six-session course.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session five of a six-session course.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session five of a six-session course.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session six of a six-session course.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session six of a six-session course.

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