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Smithsonian Associates - Educating and Entertaining Audiences for More Than 50 Years

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Event date
Wednesday, September 4 to 25, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The long relationship between the ancient world’s most profound philosopher and his student—that world’s most powerful conqueror—reveals a stark contrast: One dominated by the power of his mind, the other by the might of his sword. Author and classics professor John Prevas examines a fascinating saga of ideals, ego, brutality, and betrayal that played out against the backdrop of an empire.

Event date
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

There’s far more to Thomas Edison’s story than the light bulb and the phonograph. Paul Israel, director and general editor of the Edison Papers at Rutgers University, offers a portrait of an American genius who transformed the concept of invention and played a key role in developing some of the most important technologies of the modern era.

Event date
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Scholars of the New Testament and early Christianity continue to debate a number of crucial issues that matter not only to people of faith, but also to anyone interested in the history of the world’s largest religion. Following his previous “great controversies” seminar, Bart Ehrman, a leading authority on early Christianity, the New Testament, and the life of Jesus, returns to explore four more intriguing questions of faith and Biblical scholarship.

Event date
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

We know him as one of the world’s most prolific creators, but there’s an overlooked role that’s worth considering when we celebrate the genius of Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance foodie. Food historian Francine Segan sets da Vinci in the context of the culinary culture and manners of the Italian Renaissance and explores his appetites for a life he richly savored.

Event date
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.