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The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts

In a four-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This program features Yasmine Belkaid, Chief, Mucosal Immunology Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Introduction to Pastel: Cezanne-Inspired Still-Life Compositions

Working from still-life arrangements reminiscent of Cezanne’s in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Saturday, December 1 and 8, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Developing Character and Plot in Fiction Writing: An Organic Approach to Story Telling

Where do ideas for creating fictional characters come from? How are these ideas developed so that characters are both believable and complex? In this daylong program, writer Elizabeth Poliner leads a lively exploration of these questions through discussion and the use of in-class writing exercises.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Pie, Squared: The Tasty Case for Slab Pies

Cathy Barrow, food writer and avid pie maker, is a fan of slab pie, baked in a sheet pan rather than a traditional one. Once she’s introduced you to its versatility—and offered a taste—you may never go round again.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park: Philadelphia’s Historic 18th-Century Neighborhood

Three of the splendid “Charms” of Fairmount Park open their doors for a holiday-season guided tour, offering an intimate look at the lives of well-to-do Philadelphians of the Revolutionary period and the evolution of domestic architecture and interiors as the Federal era began. Bill Keene leads this tour.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.