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Tapestry Weaving

Develop skills in a range of weaving techniques as you design and create a one-of-a kind miniature tapestry on a small-frame loom.

Date of event
Monday, January 27 to March 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 17)

Travels with Darley: Exploring Qatar

Join Darley Newman as she shares insider’s tips on Qatar, which she curated while filming her popular PBS series “Travels with Darley.” From markets and museums to restaurants and beautiful natural locations, she offers plenty of surprising finds and practical strategies for delving deep into the rich culture of this Middle Eastern nation.

Date of event
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

How To Watch the Oscars

As the awards race approaches its conclusion, join Washington City Paper film critic Noah Gittell for an evening that focuses on all things Oscar, from Academy Awards history and trivia to discussions of this year’s nominations and behind-the-scenes stories.

Date of event
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Economics + Dystopian Literature

Beyond their compelling stories, dystopian tales like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, and Brave New World offer something more for economist Brian O’Roark: perfect settings for an economic analysis. Join him to discover some entertaining insights that we can learn from fictional societies gone wrong.

Date of event
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

You + Me = Symbiosis

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by looking at some of Mother Nature’s greatest examples of relationships that work guided by two Smithsonian scientists, lichenologist Manuela Dal Forno and entomologist Natasha Mehdiabadi.

Date of event
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.