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Tasting Cuba: History, Hospitality, and the Foods of Memory

American travelers are excited to finally explore Cuba firsthand—especially its cuisine. Johanna Mendelson Forman of American University’s School of International Service discusses the evolution and historical importance of the island’s foodways, as well as how the Cuban food in restaurants here mirrors the food memories of those who prepare it. Get an authentic taste courtesy of the Colada Shop and Mi Cuba Café.

Date
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions

In a unique 2-day event, international experts in the culture, history, science, and production of wine explore the link between the wines we enjoy today and the earliest of wine-making traditions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus. An opening reception, panel presentations, a lunch featuring dishes from these wine regions and complementary pairings, and a concluding Grand Tasting enhance the experience.

Date
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Opening Reception)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Seminar) and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Grand Tasting)
The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions Grand Tasting

The concluding event in a 2-day exploration of the origins of wine civilizations, the Grand Tasting offers opportunities to meet winemakers from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus and to sample products from their vineyards.

Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 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 Liguria.

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

Portugal’s capital city is fast becoming a not-so-hidden jewel among European destinations. Spend an evening discovering the charms of this great old city.

Date
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Niagara Falls: A Summer Spectacular
3-Day Tour

One of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders is the perfect destination for a visit that includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a memorable dinner in one of Ontario’s most historic and charming towns.

Date
Depart: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, July 22, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Cultural Heritage Sites of India

From India’s elaborately decorated Ajanta Caves to the splendor of the Taj Mahal, UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites offers a spectacular window into South Asia’s past. Art historian Robert DeCaroli highlights historic palaces, grand temples, royal mausoleums, and more that showcase the subcontinent’s abundant historically and culturally significant destinations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 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.

Date
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.