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Lidia Bastianich’s American Dream

When she was 12, cookbook author, television personality, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich fled Europe with her family to escape persecution. Drawing on her new book, My American Dream, Bastianich shares the vivid story of the fulfillment of that dream, beginning with her new life in New York and the dedication and passion for food that helped to build a successful career.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection
2-Session Daytime Course

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your landscape and still-life paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

Tuesday, April 17 and 24, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Marvel Men: Joe and Anthony Russo on Bringing Avengers: Infinity War to the Screen

Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo discuss their experiences in transporting the adventures of a whole galaxy of iconic Marvel superheroes from the page to the screen in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
The Archaeology of Judaism

The period of post-biblical Judaism is exceedingly rich in archaeological evidence, found both in Israel and in the lands of an ever-widening Diaspora. In an illustrated all-day program, biblical scholar Gary Rendsburg synthesizes archaeological findings and literary evidence to reveal a multifaceted portrait of Jewish life in late antiquity.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Designing the World of Hamilton

David Korin’s name may not be on the marquee, but his role in Hamilton is a major—and highly visible—one. The production designer for the show that has become a cultural phenomenon discusses the meticulous research, collaboration, and sheer hard work that went into creating and building every detail of the setting against which the musical plays out.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.