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Rick Steves on Thoughtful Travel: Broadening Your Global Perspective

Drawing from lessons learned while exploring the globe, travel expert Rick Steves outlines how vacationing with an open mind and curiosity can make your trip an investment in a better world. You’ll also take home the best possible souvenir: widened cultural horizons.

Date
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Traveling on the Danube: River of History

Over its storied history, the Danube River has played a critical role as the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, a highway for goods, the route of emperors and kings, and a vital source of water for 20 million people. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann travels through time to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along its shores. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 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.
From Shtetl to Synagogue: Jewish Heritage Sites in Eastern Europe

Journalist and author Ruth Ellen Gruber redraws the map of extraordinary Jewish places in the heartland of Central and Eastern Europe and reveals the remarkable vestiges of the rich and dynamic culture that flourished for centuries.

Date
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Discover Cuba: One Island, Many Worlds

After so many years, a thaw in diplomatic relations offers hope for greater opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba and to rediscover a still-evolving island and its people. Emilio Cueto, a popular Smithsonian Journeys’ study tour leader to Cuba, takes you on a virtual journey around the amazing island in the Caribbean.

Date
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Exploring Balkan Food: A Private Dinner at Ambar Restaurant

Modern food of the Balkan Peninsula reflects influences from the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, other Slavic nations, and the Mediterranean. Explore this intriguing blend as you sample the food of Serbia during a private dinner—featuring a guest from the country’s embassy—at the new Ambar restaurant in Clarendon.

Date
Sunday, May 7, 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 Basilicata and Calabria.

Date
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 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.