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Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Say an official goodbye to winter with a visit to two of Richmond’s prime attractions for garden lovers, led by Cindy Brown of Smithsonian Gardens.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall presents a look inside the deep limestone caves of southern France and northern Spain, locations where practitioners of a creative tradition that endured an astonishing 30,000 years produced some of the most powerful art ever made.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The new lunchtime lecture series on Washington’s four quadrants continues with a focus on Northeast, an area with connections to the railroad and public markets, as well as education, social change, a president, and a neighborhood once known as Swampoodle. This lecture features Union Station.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:45 PM

In a fascinating talk, cosmologist J. Richard Gott gives an insider’s account of how a generation of theorists and observers solved the mystery of the architecture of our cosmos.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM

In a provocative and entertaining seminar, astrophysicist Mario Livio draws on the latest astronomical and particle physics findings—from the subatomic world to the universe at large—to place the existence of intelligent life on Earth in the broadest possible context.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM

With a variety of habitats and a wonderful range of blooms, Carderock is the perfect destination for wildflower aficionados. Enjoy a walking tour that explores the season’s natural beauty.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM

With a variety of habitats and a wonderful range of blooms, Carderock is the perfect destination for wildflower aficionados. Enjoy a walking tour that explores the season’s natural beauty.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM

In the final five years of his short life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart produced an amazing series of masterworks. In lectures highlighted by CD and DVD recordings, Saul Lilienstein explores the composer’s achievements during that time as a fitting coda to a brilliant life lived for music.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Is soundtrack to your life filled with the music of the Beatles, Beach Boys, and other classic rock groups? Bring those songs alive again as Paul Edson leads this ensemble. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The new lunchtime lecture series on Washington’s four quadrants continues with a focus on Northeast, an area with connections to the railroad and public markets, as well as education, social change, a president, and a neighborhood once known as Swampoodle. This lecture features Gallaudet University.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Biographer William Egginton examines Cervantes's life and the world he lived in, exploring how his work—especially Don Quixote—radically changed the nature of literature.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Join director Marcee F. Craighill for an artistic overview of the recreated period rooms that are among Washington’s most stunning spaces. A separate tour provides a chance to examine them close-up.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Climate change is one of the greatest issues facing human kind in the 21st century. Gain a better understanding of the global climatic system and the potential impact of climate change on our world from Douglas Herman, senior geographer at the American Indian Museum.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Join historian Gregg Clemmer as he explores and explains the most iconic battle of the Civil War in a full-day excursion.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM

D.C. was expected to be the “model dry city” during Prohibition. No way. There were about 3,000 speakeasies and even Congress employed its own bootleggers. Discover the quirky and little-known “monuments” to Prohibition on a walking tour in town.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 6:45 PM

They’re an unlikely duo, but the hero of Metropolis shares some literary DNA with the legendary avenger of 16th-century Prague. Historian Ralph Nurnberger traces the connection between two super-powered figures who each were created at historical moments when Jews were shadowed by persecution.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The new lunchtime lecture series on Washington’s four quadrants continues with a focus on Northeast, an area with connections to the railroad and public markets, as well as education, social change, a president, and a neighborhood once known as Swampoodle. This lecture features Union Market.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Biographers Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf examine Thomas Jefferson’s vision of himself, the American Revolution, Christianity, slavery, and race through the lens of what they term his “empire of imagination.”

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Spend Thursdays in song and in good company as singers meet for weekly rehearsals under the direction of conductor Paul Edson. The sessions culminate in a concert performance.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:45 PM

The cookbook author and PBS series host sits down with National Geographic food writer Mary Beth Albright to discuss her Mexican heritage and share stories of the food, people, and places behind the recipes in her newest collection, Mexican Today.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine examines the works of four masters whose distinctive styles and artistic visions created a treasury of works whose power and beauty still endures. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Meditation teacher Hugh Byrne leads a day focused on honing the skills and practices of mindfulness that can spark changes in your daily life.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM

D.C. was expected to be the “model dry city” during Prohibition. No way. There were about 3,000 speakeasies and even Congress employed its own bootleggers. Discover the quirky and little-known “monuments” to Prohibition on a walking tour in town.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

With a variety of habitats and a wonderful range of blooms, Carderock is the perfect destination for wildflower aficionados. Enjoy a walking tour that explores the season’s natural beauty.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM

With a variety of habitats and a wonderful range of blooms, Carderock is the perfect destination for wildflower aficionados. Enjoy a walking tour that explores the season’s natural beauty.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:45 PM

The women on Mount Olympus may have been goddesses, but the daily lives of ancient Greek women fell far short of that ideal.  However, their portrayals in the great tragedies and comedies—from Antigone and Electra to Medea—were nothing less than heroic. Classicist Frederick Winter presents a spirited investigation of the dramatic ladies of ancient Greece. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Two-time Grammy-nominated artist Wu Man performs music for solo Chinese lute (pipa) when she joins the renowned ensemble for an all-Chinese program in a special Smithsonian appearance. Co-presented by the Freer and Sackler Galleries and Smithsonian Associates

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton returns in this perennially popular series to pay tribute to four of the most influential and fascinating composers of American song: Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington. The sessions feature a live musical performance.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The new lunchtime lecture series on Washington’s four quadrants continues with a focus on Northeast, an area with connections to the railroad and public markets, as well as education, social change, a president, and a neighborhood once known as Swampoodle. This lecture features President Lincoln's Cottage.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Over dinner at Arlington’s Tupelo Honey Café, North Carolina-born food writer Nancie McDermott offers a food-lover’s guide to South that emphasizes the region’s rich array of regional cuisines.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM

It’s a grand night for singing when artistic director Scott Tucker and singers from the Choral Arts Society of Washington examine and celebrate the enduring music of Broadway’s legendary team.

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM

D.C. was expected to be the “model dry city” during Prohibition. No way. There were about 3,000 speakeasies and even Congress employed its own bootleggers. Discover the quirky and little-known “monuments” to Prohibition on a walking tour in town.

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Victorian literature scholar Deborah Lutz discusses her new biography, which reveals the complicated and beguiling lives of the literary Bronte sisters: Anne, Charlotte, and Emily.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Historian Stephen Engle revisits five pivotal Civil War battles—First Bull Run, Shiloh Antietam, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg—to determine if their historical significance as the war’s turning points over the past 150 years still holds.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The new lunchtime lecture series on Washington’s four quadrants continues with a focus on Northeast, an area with connections to the railroad and public markets, as well as education, social change, a president, and a neighborhood once known as Swampoodle. This lecture features the Sewall-Belmont House.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism, with a focus on the royal arts of the great civilizations that arose in the region. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Though his works have endured for 400 years, tastes and values change and not all of Shakespeare is easy to like. Tobias Gregory of The Catholic University of America examines five plays that pose questions of sympathy for modern audiences.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of two entries in the Captain America film franchise, discuss their experience in transporting the adventures of the iconic superhero from the page to the screen and screen clips from their newest, Captain America: Civil War.

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Staff from the Jamestown Rediscovery project share the eloquent archeological story of life and death in North America’s first permanent British settlement during a visit to this fascinating research site.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-long focus on integrating domestic architecture and nature. See them both when you travel to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania for a day with architecture specialist Bill Keene.

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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The new lunchtime lecture series on Washington’s four quadrants continues with a focus on Northeast, an area with connections to the railroad and public markets, as well as education, social change, a president, and a neighborhood once known as Swampoodle. This lecture features Historic Swampoodle.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-long focus on integrating domestic architecture and nature. See them both when you travel to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania for a day with architecture specialist Bill Keene.

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