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Connie Britton: Actress as Advocate
Understanding Religion: Four Perspectives on Faith
4-Session Evening Course
Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration


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How We Eat: A Uniquely Human Dilemma
When our prehistoric ancestors began to transform the way they acquired food, hunting and gathering gave way to planting crops and animal domestication. More centralized systems of food production gradually led to the erosion of our ability to make informed decisions about how we eat. Learn how lessons from our prehistoric diets and foodways could have a positive impact on our health and the environment today.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Science as Art: The Beauty of Botanical Illustration
In collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries’ Biological Heritage Library, Alice Tangerini, a scientific illustrator at the Natural History Museum, leads an afternoon focused on the fascinating mix of art and science behind the practice of botanical illustration.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM
There Goes the Sun: A Total-Solar-Eclipse Countdown
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Civil War Battles at Kelly's Ford and Bristoe Station
All-Day Tour
Spend a day visiting several important battle sites in Virginia, led by Civil War historians Gregg Clemmer and Ed Bearss. Begin at Kelly’s Ford, site of one of the early major cavalry fights in the state, then follow routes traveled by Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Meade's Army of the Potomac in the October 1863 campaign.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 7:45 AM
Are the Cards Collapsing?: A “House of Cards” Season 5 Preview
Stef Woods, who explores the intersection of television, politics, and ethics in a course at American University, finds plenty of juicy material in “House of Cards.” Get ready for the newest season as she examines what might be in the cards for the power-hungry Underwoods.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:45 PM
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