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The Last Blitzkrieg: The Battle of the Bulge and Allied Victory in Europe

In the bitter winter of 1944–45, more than a million participants faced off in the dense Ardennes forests over six weeks in a battle that severely depleted Nazi Germany’s forces—and opened the way for Allied victory in Europe. Author and retired military archivist Timothy Mulligan surveys the defining features and the aftermath of the Battle of the Bulge.

Date
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Archaeological Wonders of the Western Mediterranean

The islands of the western Mediterranean are rich in archaeological treasures of the Neolithic, Copper, and Bronze Ages—monoliths, monuments, tombs, and temples that reflect the civilizations that fought over and ruled them. Archaeologist Robert R. Stieglitz explores the cultural legacies of little-known prehistoric islanders through their remarkable architectural and artistic creations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
David Bowie Is: Celebrating an Artist of Startling Transformations

The life and work of David Bowie, one of rock’s most pioneering and influential performers, are the subject of an exhibition, David Bowie Is, which ends its world tour at the Brooklyn Museum in July. Matthew Yokobosky, senior curator of fashion and material culture at the Brooklyn Museum, discusses how the exhibition creates an immersive, visitor experience featuring Bowie’s art.

Date
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.