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Sharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry

With his work on view at the exhibition titled Sharks at the National Geographic Museum, award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry reveals how he captured his amazing images and shares stories of witnessing some of the most beautiful, diverse, and threatened ocean ecosystems on the planet.

Date
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
How YouTube Remade Media

Over the past 10 years, the internet video platform YouTube has changed media and entertainment profoundly. Find out how an upstart company became a modern pop culture juggernaut—and how the new rules of entertainment are being written as the media landscape undergoes radical change.

Date
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Taiwan’s Famous Night Markets: A Taste of the Exotic on the National Mall

Taiwan’s famous night markets have for centuries been important gathering places for locals. Today they’re becoming tourist meccas for folks who want to experience some of Taiwan’s best street food and shopping opportunities. Learn about the history of this vibrant night-market culture and enjoy tastings of typical night-market fare.

Date
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Jazz Age: Rhythms of History

The term Jazz Age conjures colorful images of a flamboyant anything-goes culture that characterized the 1920s. Little wonder that jazz music, with its improvisation syncopation, and strong rhythm was the era’s soundtrack.  Learn about the origins, nature, and legacy of the 1920s—underscored by period jazz recordings, of course—with historian and scholar Michele L. Simms-Burton.

Date
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana
All-Day Tour

Regional historian Hayden Mathews explores the rich heritage of this lovely Eastern Shore town, focusing on both land and sea. The day includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th century vessel, as well as an historic-district walking tour guided by Chestertown’s mayor.

Date
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Science in Our Lives

With discoveries in topics from the origins of the universe to the human microbiome rapidly unfolding, science is more important now than ever. Smithsonian Associates’ innovative new Science Literacy Program meets that challenge with an exciting new series of expert-led programming, as well as the opportunity to participate in a lively online learning community.

Date
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
One Life: Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was one of the most dynamic and admired writers of the 20th century. Curators of a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, One Life: Sylvia Plath, present an overview and discuss Plath’s struggle to understand her own self and to navigate the societal pressures placed on young women during the 1950s.

Date
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Capital of Espionage: Washington’s Spy Sites

The trail of espionage in and around the nation's capital traces back more than 200 years to spymaster George Washington’s study at Mount Vernon. This evening, spy histories spanning the Civil War to today are uncovered in true stories that put even the best spy fiction to shame!

Date
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Athens and the Roots of Democracy

Kelcy Sagstetter, assistant professor of history at the United States Naval Academy, explores the fascinating origins of Western democracy and their link to its current iterations.

Date
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Tokyo Revealed: PBS Preview with Darley Newman

Japan’s capital city of Tokyo is one of the most exciting and diverse destinations on the planet. Television host, writer, and producer Darley Newman shares insider’s tips on this fascinating metropolis, which she collected while putting together an upcoming episode for her PBS series “Travels With Darley.” A saké tasting follows the program.

Date
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Poachers and Piano Keys: Cristian Samper on Elephants and the Ivory Trade

President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society Cristian Samper explains the nuanced issues of elephant poaching, the ivory trade, and the role museums and conservationists play in the protection of elephants and other ivory-producing species.

Date
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 8 to 9 a.m.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 9 to 10 a.m.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 10 to 11 a.m.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Alaska at 150: The Big Land and the United States

On March 30, 1867, Russia and the United States signed the Treaty of Cession and this country acquired the Alaska Territory, which became, in 1959, our 49th state. In this entertaining and informative all-day program, learn about the early history of Alaska and the role the Smithsonian played in making it part of the U.S. With Alaskan-style lunch.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
American Novels of the ’20s
4-Session Evening Course

If you love discovering (or re-discovering) a book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing some iconic works of 1920s American literature, including novels by such groundbreaking writers like Ernest Hemingway and Willa Cather.

Date
Monday, September 18, October 16, November 13, December 18, 2017 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Amsterdam in the 17th Century: From Tulip Mania to the New World

Explore the many facets of Amsterdam, which in the 17th century transformed itself into a thriving center for great artists, scientists, writers, and scholars, as well as a hub of banking and finance and religious tolerance.

Date
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 6:45 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.

Date
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.

Date
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Animals on the Move: Following Digital Footprints

Understanding the forces that set nature in motion is vital as efforts to maintain global diversity, map conservations hotspots, manage human-wildlife conflict, and even monitor the spread of pandemic disease continue to face challenges. Learn about the growing array of technologies, from drones to satellite tracking, that are behind a revolution in animal tracking today.

Date
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Why, Oh Why, Do We Love Paris?: The Timeless Charm of the City of Light

What accounts for the timeless charm of the City of Light? It’s hard to identify the je ne sais quoi that gives Paris its powerful appeal. In an entertaining day-long armchair tour gain insights into the great city on the Seine. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Myth of the Lost Cause: How Civil War History Was Rewritten

The Southern-created Myth of the Lost Cause has shadowed the historical remembrance of the Civil War, the country's watershed event. Historian Ed Bonekemper critically examines the accuracy of that myth and how it has affected perceptions of slavery, states' rights, and the nature of the conflict itself.

Date
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Second City’s Cure for the Common Comedy

This fall, as the temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and holiday pressures and head colds come on, The Second City has the fix! Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater presents “The Cure for The Common Comedy.” You’ll be laughing your way into the New Year!

Date
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Second City’s Cure for the Common Comedy

This fall, as the temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and holiday pressures and head colds come on, The Second City has the fix! Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater presents “The Cure for The Common Comedy.” You’ll be laughing your way into the New Year!

Date
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Moscow’s Haunted House of Government

In conversation with Peter Baker, White House correspondent for the New York Times and former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post, historian Yuri Slezkine discusses the lives of the Bolshevik true believers who lived in the House of Government, from their conversion to Communism to their children’s loss of political faith and the fall of the Soviet Union.

Date
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.
War of 1812: Out of History’s Shadows

The War of 1812’s significance to the course of American history has long been overshadowed by the conflicts that bookend it: the American Revolution and the Civil War. Historian Richard Bell explains why the War of 1812 was, in fact, nothing short of a watershed event in the young republic’s life.

Date
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:45 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.

Date
Wednesday, September 27 to October 18, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Fred Astaire: Dancing with Genius

Film scholar and writer Christine Bamberger uses film clip montages, rare photographs, and original recordings to create a fuller portrait of the immortal Fred Astaire, challenging clichés that have grown up around him and exploring his work as an actor and vocalist, as well as a man who revolutionized dance on film.

Date
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
American Women in Politics: Did Suffrage Matter?

Nearly a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified, it is worth asking whether having the women’s vote has made a significant difference in American politics. Historian Elisabeth Griffith, a biographer of suffrage pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, reviews women’s political engagement from marching for the vote to campaigning for (or against) a woman for president.

Date
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
T.S. Eliot: Daring To Disturb the Universe

September is a time to celebrate the birth of perhaps the greatest 20th-century poet, Thomas Stearns Eliot. To pay tribute to the author of The Wasteland and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, author Daniel Stashower explores Eliot’s life and legacy, and actor Scott Sedar offers dramatic readings of his works. Afterward, we will raise a toast and perhaps even “dare to eat a peach.”

Date
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Glimpses of Old Arlington
All-Day Tour

From the pre-Revolutionary era to the Civil War to the Great Depression and the postwar boom, Arlington County has always been a canvas for American history. Get a surprising look at the suburbs you think you know when you join historian Kathryn Holt Springston for a tour that uncovers the area’s rich heritage.

Date
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tasting Spain: A Journey Into Cuisine, Culture, and Heritage

Learn about the cultural heritage of Spain in a lively program set in the turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts mansion that once served as the residence of the ambassadors of Spain. With tasting of Spanish regional foods and wines.

Date
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Armistead Maupin: Tales of a Lifetime

Armistead Maupin, the groundbreaking author of the bestselling Tales of the City series, draws on his new book, Logical Family: a Memoir, as he traces his odyssey from the old South to freewheeling San Francisco. Hear him spin tales of the extraordinary individuals and situations that shaped him into one of the most influential writers of the last century.

Date
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Design and Architecture in Focus: The High Line, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, and Yale
Overnight Tour

Explore the creative synergies between architecture and design as you spend two fascinating days in New York City and Connecticut in a tour led by architecture and urban studies specialist Bill Keene. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Depart: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 11:00 p.m.