Science and Nature Smithsonian Associates Art Collectors Program Art and Architecture Philosophy and Religion
In Search of Ancient Israel

Step back in history with biblical scholar Gary Rendsburg as he presents a fascinating overview of new findings about the world of ancient Israel. Learn about archaeological excavation and exploration in the Holy Land and what has been revealed about the people, culture, society, and religion of that ancient land.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Mummies and Their Mysteries: Kings to Crocodiles to Eva Peron

The practice of mummification dates back thousands of years. Egyptologist Bob Brier (also known as Mr. Mummy), discusses the history of mummies from ancient to modern times.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 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.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Olmec Culture: Monuments, Masterpieces, and Mysteries

More than 30,000 years ago, important centers of Olmec culture flourished along the Gulf of Mexico. George L. Scheper of Johns Hopkins University provides a cultural overview of these achievements, and examines the Olmecs’ relationship and influence on neighboring civilizations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.