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The Emerson String Quartet 2017-2018 Concert Series

The 2017–­18 season marks the Emerson String Quartet’s 38th year in residence at the Smithsonian. In this concert, cellist Paul Watkins performs a solo recital.

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Mindfulness: A Path to Freedom and Well-Being

A daylong exploration of mindfulness examines its Buddhist origins, benefits, and role in changing harmful habits, and provides skills and practices to use in daily life.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Screenwriter and the Superstar: Frances Marion, Mary Pickford, and The Girls in the Picture

Author Melanie Benjamin discusses her new novel, The Girls in the Picture, the story of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends, screenwriter Frances Marion and silent-movie superstar Mary Pickford.

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Interception: How Info and Secrets Get Stolen
4-Session Daytime Course

In an absorbing series, intelligence experts and historians explore how secrets are safeguarded and stolen. They cover collection operations and counter tactics from the Cold War to today, ranging from organized campaigns by one country against another, to systems turned again citizens, and even to solo 21st-century hackers with an agenda.   

Wednesday, February 7 to 28, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs: Dove and Crowe—Their Work Is For the Birds

Smithsonian’s experts really do have some of the most curious specialties, which will be highlighted in an occasional “behind-the-scenes” series Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs. To kick things off, meet two scientists who study birds in unexpected ways.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.

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