Courses
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.
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 17, 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 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.
An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture
4-Session Evening Course

Art historian Lawrence Butler highlights examples of Islamic art and architecture from the 7th century to today that embody its defining spiritual, luxury, and princely themes. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, May 31 to June 21, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 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.