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Scott Turow: Testimony

The master of the legal thriller returns with Testimony, set against the backdrop of the International Criminal Court and an investigation into the baffling disappearance of an entire refugee camp during the Bosnian War. Join Scott Turow as he discusses his career and the process of researching and writing his latest novel.

Date
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Arts and WWI: Creation, Destruction, and Revolution

The crucible of destruction and death that was World War I also forged some of the most innovative and significant creative works of the early 20th century. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine surveys the artists and writers whose wartime experiences provided the genesis for bold—and often, highly personal—experiments in form and expression. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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. to 8:45 p.m.
Britain in WWII: Europe’s Last Hope Island

When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, London became a refuge for government leaders and armed forces from six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. Author Lynne Olson, in an interview with historian Evan Thomas, discusses those perilous days when Europeans joined forces to fight their common enemy and restore order to a broken continent.

Date
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Rise of Genghis Khan: Forging the Mongol World Empire

Historian Michael Chang of George Mason University examines the path that transformed an ambitious warrior named Temujiin into Genghis Khan, a forward-thinking, politically savvy ruler of a the largest contiguous land empire in history.

Date
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Women’s Vote: The 19th Amendment and Its Aftermath

Although the ratification of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 26, 1920, didn’t actually change the status of many American women, it did set in motion events that would have a huge impact on the national agenda. Learn about the amendment’s tumultuous history and how American women of the 1920s “changed the meaning of womanhood.”

Date
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Drinking the Past: Re-creating Ancient Brews

This evening, archaeologist Patrick E. McGovern leads a sensory journey back in time as he recalls adventures in China, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Peru and Mexico, and other locales, in search of “liquid time capsules.”

Date
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Washington’s Distinctive Gardens
All-Day Tour

The gardens of Washington, D.C, offer a beautiful abundance of widely varying cultural influences and design traditions, and a spring day spent visiting seven unique locations offers the perfect way to experience that range. The destinations reflect inspirations from Asia and Spain, the Victorian and Elizabethan periods, and monastic contemplative gardens.

Date
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 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)
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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.
How to Make the Mummies Talk

More than 2,000 years after Egypt's Ptolemaic Dynasty, new imaging technology is beginning to unlock texts hidden within the layers of papyrus mâché masks used in elaborate mummification rituals common from 300-30 B.C. Learn about the efforts by an international team of researchers to evaluate new methods to help reveal stories from the past.

Date
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
A Day at Winterthur
All-Day Tour

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for an in-depth exploration of the exceptional collection of American decorative arts and antiques on view at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. The tour to the historic du Pont estate includes a special visit to Winterthur’s conservation lab for a look at ongoing projects, and a chance to stroll through its famed gardens in all their spring beauty.

Date
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 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. to 9:00 p.m.
Captain America’s Super-Soldier Serum: 1940s Fantasy Meets Modern Biotechnology

In the original Marvel Comics story, puny Steve Rodgers morphed into a shield-slinging avenger thanks to Professor Erskine’s mysterious chemical compound and a dose of “vita rays.” Eric Spana of Duke University explains how the mighty powers of biotechnology might make such a transformation possible today.

Date
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Historic Boundary Markers of the Federal District
Weekend Tour

Historian Kathryn Holt Springston leads a program and tour focused on the laying out the District’s boundaries, marked by 40 stones placed at one-mile intervals along the border. The story of the stones and the people who surveyed and placed them offers insights into a period in which the idea of an American federal city became a reality.

Date
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Mammals on Camera: A New Approach to Wildlife Observation

Think it as wildlife selfies: Camera traps that capture images of animals in their natural habitats are offering scientists a tool to gather crucial information about their behavior. Bill McShea, a wildlife ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, examines how these candid creature photos can influence discussions and decisions about ecosystems, conservation, and preservation.

Date
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Ann Hornaday on How To Watch Movies

Ever wish you could watch a movie with a critic beside you in order to sharpen your own film-viewing savvy? Ann Hornaday, chief film critic for the Washington Post, offers the next best thing: She walks you through the production of a typical movie and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. (Popcorn not included.)

Date
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Archaeology in Maryland: Excavating History
All-Day Tour

St. Mary’s City and St. Leonard on Maryland’s Western Shore are locations that offer rich archaeological insights into the state’s—and America’s—past. Spend a day led by science and history communicator Steve Lonker exploring that history though excavations from early Native American sites, colonial settlements, 19th-century battle sites, and more recent finds.

Date
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
From Idea to IPO: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success

Successful Washington, D.C.-based entrepreneur Danielle Tate provides an informative look at the basic tenets of entrepreneurship, drawing on the stories of real entrepreneurs for illustration.

Date
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Doctor’s Orders: The Growth of the Public Health Movement

The 1920s stimulated many new discoveries and initiatives in medicine, as well as a growing public confidence that the field could conquer and control modern problems. Alexandra Lord of the American History Museum explores the medical and public health advances of the decade and places them in a cultural context.

Date
Monday, June 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Undercover with the FBI

Mike German shares the hard lessons he learned as an undercover agent with a clear-eyed assessment of the threats we may or may not face, how to fight them, and how to preserve our core values in the process.

Date
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
John F. Kennedy: 1,000 Days in Office
The Making of an Iconic Presidency

Ken Walsh, veteran White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, considers JFK’s 1,000 days in office, his legacy, and whether any president could ever again attain his mystique.

Date
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
All the Presidents' Gardens

From plant-obsessed George Washington to Michelle Obama's kitchen garden, the White House grounds have mirrored American garden history and changing fashions in horticulture and design. Author Marta McDowell offers a survey of their transformations and traditions, featuring the presidents, first ladies, and their gardeners.    

Date
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, July 7, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.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.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, August 4, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, August 25, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.