The Evolution of Architectural Styles: Ancient Temples to Modern Skyscrapers
2-Session Course

Explore the traditions, styles, and masterpieces of European and American architecture during this in-depth 2-day program led by art historian Karin Alexis. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Friday, August 18, 2017 – 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contemporary Art: The Constancy of Change
4-Session Evening Course

Contemporary visual arts reflect today’s world—one that’s both liberating in its freedoms and disorienting in its uncertainty. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine provides insights into understanding and navigating the changing global art world by examining the trends and ideas that have shaped it in recent decades. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Tuesday, September 5 to 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Smithsonian Rock ’n’ Roll Chorus
10-Session Evening Course

Is the soundtrack to your life filled with the music of the Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, and other classic groups? Bring those songs alive again with music director and conductor Cheryl Branham.

Tuesday, September 5 to November 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Sing Out: The Smithsonian Chorale
12-Session Daytime Course

Spend Thursday mornings in song and in good company with the Smithsonian Chorale. Singers meet for weekly rehearsals under the direction of conductor Cheryl Branham, culminating into a concert performance.

Thursday, September 14 to December 7, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
American Novels of the ’20s
4-Session Evening Course

If you love discovering (or re-discovering) a book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing some iconic works of 1920s American literature, including novels by such groundbreaking writers like Ernest Hemingway and Willa Cather.

Monday, September 18, October 16, November 13, December 18, 2017 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Great Escapes: How Spies, Hostages, and Assets Survive and Get Out Alive
4-Session Daytime Course

Escape-room challenges are popular among fans of spy thrillers, but what if your life actually depended on the result? Be regaled by experts familiar with life-or-death operations conducted in such places as Iran and Moscow in this series exploring memorable escapes, rescues, and evasions from the 1970s through today.

Wednesday, September 27 to October 18, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.