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Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining, Informative, Eclectic, Insightful

We invite you to discover Smithsonian Associates Streaming, our platform that offers live, high-quality, and engaging programs made possible by generous supporters like you. As Smithsonian museums reopen this summer, we will continue to stream our programs to people across the country, who have enthusiastically joined our loyal local audience. We look forward to resuming in-person programming when we can welcome you back with appropriate safety protocols.

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

Course
Monday, August 2, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Curator Elizabeth Lay is joined by art historian and collector Samantha Viksnins, who delves deeper into the history of the Hermès Carré, the production process of the limited-edition scarves, and illustrates what sets the Hermès designs apart from those of other luxury scarves. Part of a 3-session Decorative Arts summer series.

Lecture/Seminar
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Few figures in history excite as passionately held and often-conflicting visions as Napoleon. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze discusses the many facets of Napoleon the man and his enormous influence on Europe and many parts of the world.

Lecture/Seminar
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Arts journalist Richard Selden, a Baltimore resident since 2008, leads the first of several virtual visits to the city’s most historic and distinctive neighborhoods.

Lecture/Seminar
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In an engaging dive into language, author Ralph Keyes explores the etymological underworld of terms and expressions and uncovers plenty of hidden gems.

Lecture/Seminar
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Neal Asbury and Jean-Pierre Isbouts trace the critical role that maps played in battles including those of the French and Indian War, and examine how British strategy during the Revolutionary War became entirely dependent on hastily engraved (and often flawed) charts of geographical features and enemy dispositions.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.