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

Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Aristotle’s The Nicomachean Ethics is one of the most influential works on human happiness ever written. Philosophy scholar Michael Gorman examines this seminal treatise on practical wisdom and its lasting influence on Western thinking about living one’s best life ethically.

Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET

The notion that a picture is worth a thousand words is meant to convey the power of imagery. But what of the power of words—if they are Hemingway’s musings on a work of art, Van Gogh’s personal letters, or Michelangelo’s thoughts on his life and art expressed in his poetry? Explore the alchemy that occurs at the intersection of art and literature with David Gariff,  senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art.  This session focuses on Van Gogh: Artist and Writer. (World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit)

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Understanding Italian architecture is understanding Western Civilization. No country has produced such an extraordinary number of iconic architectural monuments. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, traces the evolution of Italian architecture from its ancient Roman origins through the Middle Ages, and concludes with the breathtaking theatrics of Baroque architecture. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Monday, December 20, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Everyone loves a holiday visit to Bedford Falls. But it took years for Frank Capra’s now-beloved film—a flop in its 1946 release—to become a Christmas classic. Lecturer Brian Rose examines the fascinating story of It’s a Wonderful Life, looking at the challenges of how it was made, its surprisingly dark portrait of small-town life, and how it evolved into the ultimate portrayal of holiday goodwill and cheer.

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Chef Matthew Wendel, who spent many years working for President George W. Bush, shares a behind-the-scenes look at the protocol involved in working for the first family, and how sharing a meal in an intimate setting can be a bridge-building diplomatic tool.