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Reading the Neapolitan Quartet

The novels of Elena Ferrante’s rich, intense Neapolitan Quartet have captivated readers as they follow two friends whose lives change over the course of 60 years after World War II. Part of a 4-session course, join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about these compelling books. This session's featured novel is The Story of the Lost Child.

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Digging Deeper: An Insider’s Look at Field Archaeology

They go out with their shovels and come back with priceless artifacts. If you think that sums up field archaeology, you’ve got another thing coming. From excavating lost cities to an army of Chinese Terracotta warriors, learn a few secrets from a seasoned pro.

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Juedischer Kulturbund: Keeping the Arts Alive in Nazi Germany

Though under severe Nazi government restrictions, in the 1930s, many Jewish artists expelled from German institutions found an outlet to reach Jewish audiences through the Kulturbund, the Culture League of German Jews. Historian Michael Brennner examines the Kulturbund’s achievements and the opportunities and dilemmas it brought for a persecuted minority under an authoritarian regime.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Immigrant Experience in Literature

Fiction is ideally suited to capture the immigrant experience at its human core. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in an examination of four compelling novels that tell the stories of women and men creating new lives in America—and coming to terms with the lives they left behind. This session's featured novel is The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengetsu.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
2018 Smithsonian Craft Show Awards Ceremony and Preview Night Benefit

Part of the 2018 Smithsonian Craft Show, enjoy its Exhibitor and Award Ceremony, recognizing Asian Influence-American Design Visionary Artist Foon Sham, renowned for his wood sculptures. Then, enjoy the Preview Night party with first-choice shopping, drinks, and a cocktail buffet. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.