Courses
Haydn and His Famous Student

In this 6-session course Saul Lilienstein reveals the range of Haydn’s genius and the strong influence he had on his willful student, Ludwig van Beethoven. Session 5 - The Old Master and the New.

Date
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Understanding Modern Art: From Picasso to Pop
2-Session Course

The radical innovations made by European and American painters and sculptors between 1900 and 1965 forever altered the way we think about visual art. Art historian Nancy G. Heller presents a 2-session overview of the major creators, movements, and works of this seminal period, offering a focus on their broader socio-political and aesthetic contexts. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Eight More Italian Regions Worth Discovering

Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, returns to complete his popular series that reveals the history, mysteries, and pleasures of several extraordinary regions from the Alps to the Mediterranean. This session spotlights Abruzzo and Molise.

Date
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Haydn and His Famous Student

In this 6-session course Saul Lilienstein reveals the range of Haydn’s genius and the strong influence he had on his willful student, Ludwig van Beethoven. Session 6 - Beethoven Breaks Away.

Date
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Masters and Masterpieces of American Art: Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Early Modernism
4-Session Evening Course

Our nation’s history—and changing identity—finds its reflection in the panorama of American art. Art historian Karin Alexis introduces major artists and movements in paining from the mid-19th century to today. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Tuesday, March 7 to 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The World in the Early Modern Centuries: New Perspectives on History
4-Session Daytime Course

The centuries from 1450 to 1750, once handily summed up as the era of the rise of the West, are now receiving more globally focused attention from scholars. Historian Peter N. Stearns of George Mason University offers a wider view of the significant events in Europe, Russia, Asia, and the Americas in an era of unprecedented change.

Date
Thursday, March 9 - 30, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Reading the Gilded Age Authors

Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops. This session spotlights Henry James’ Daisy Miller (1878) and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (1899).

Date
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The New Middle East
4-Session Evening Course

American involvement in the Middle East has become more complex, more dangerous, and more important than ever before. In this series, retired foreign service officers offer insights on the pivotal issues that define the new landscape of our national policy in the region.

Date
Wednesday, March 15 to April 5, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Reading the Gilded Age Authors

Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops. This session spotlights Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900).

Date
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
John Eaton Salutes Four Giants of American Song
4-Session Daytime Course

Pianist extraordinaire John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations and performs selections from four legendary composers of popular American song in this engaging and entertaining course: Jerome Kern, Cole Porter; Harold Arlen; and George Gershwin.  And, of course, he always takes requests!

Date
Wednesday, April 12 to May 3, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Eight More Italian Regions Worth Discovering

Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, returns to complete his popular series that reveals the history, mysteries, and pleasures of several extraordinary regions from the Alps to the Mediterranean. This session spotlights the Autonomous Alpine Regions: Trentino-Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta.

Date
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Gustav Mahler: The Symphonies, the Songs, the Life
6-Session Daytime Course

The music-loving public has embraced Mahler as the most important symphonic voice of fin-de-siecle Vienna. Popular Smithsonian music lecturer Saul Lilienstein takes an in-depth look at this seminal figure of the modern age and his music. Sessions are highlighted by music and DVD recordings.

Date
Tuesday, April 18 to May 23, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Introduction to Western Art: From Caves to Constantine
6-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Renee Gondek leads a survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the Paleolithic period, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds, and investigates how these ancient material cultures are still reflected in our own. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, April 19 to May 24, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Eight More Italian Regions Worth Discovering

Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, returns to complete his popular series that reveals the history, mysteries, and pleasures of several extraordinary regions from the Alps to the Mediterranean. This session spotlights Basilicata and Calabria.

Date
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Reading the Gilded Age Authors

Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops. This session spotlights Anzia Yezierska’s Salome of the Tenements (1923).

Date
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Eight More Italian Regions Worth Discovering

Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, returns to complete his popular series that reveals the history, mysteries, and pleasures of several extraordinary regions from the Alps to the Mediterranean. This session spotlights Liguria.

Date
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.