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Interpreting the Great War: Exhibitions Explore a World-Changing Conflict
All-Day Tour

In observance of the centennial of America’s formal entry into the conflict in 1917, many Washington-area museums are presenting exhibitions on a variety of aspects of the war. Robert A. Enholm, a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, leads a day-long tour to view several of them at the American History Musuem, Postal Museum, and the President Woodrow Wilson House.

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cleared for Takeoff: An Insider’s Day at Dulles
All-Day Tour

Here’s a trip to the airport for which you don’t need to pack a single bag. Transportation expert and pilot Scott Hercik leads a close-up exploration of what daily life is like at Washington Dulles International. Once you’ve gotten some aviation and architectural history, seen the view from a ramp control tower, and gone inside the cockpit of a British Airways Airbus 380-800, you’ll never see this familiar place in the same way.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Inside the World of Diplomacy

Take a rare opportunity to hear first-person stories from men and women whose careers are spent in diplomatic Washington when you spend a day at the American Foreign Service Association and the U.S. Department of State.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mall Crawl Photo Shooting
4-Sesion Daytime Course

In this immediate to advanced photography class, explore the people and places of the National Mall through multiple photo shoot opportunities.

Friday, September 8 to 29, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 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)
A Day of Drawing at the National Cathedral

In this special workshop, students draw both inside and outside the National Cathedral using pencil, charcoal, and paper. Recommended for intermediate and advanced students only.

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term

Spend a morning getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court—including the courtroom where cases are argued. Then, a panel of top legal experts previews the issues that will come before the court when the new session begins in October.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term (Afternoon Panel Only)

Spend the afternoon with a panel of top legal experts who will preview the issues that will come before the Supreme Court when the new session begins in October.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 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.