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The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House gardens.

Date
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Modest Mussorgsky.

Date
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood

Acclaimed pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations, and performs selections from some of America’s legendary composers of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, in this engaging and entertaining 4-session series. And, of course, he always takes requests! This session focuses on Hoagy Carmichael.

Date
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Alexander Borodin.

Date
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood

Acclaimed pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations, and performs selections from some of America’s legendary composers of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, in this engaging and entertaining 4-session series. And, of course, he always takes requests! This session focuses on the Fabulous 40s.

Date
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Reading the Neapolitan Quartet

The novels of Elena Ferrante’s rich, intense Neapolitan Quartet have captivated readers as they follow two friends whose lives change over the course of 60 years after World War II. Part of a 4-session course, join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about these compelling books. This session's featured novel is Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

Date
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Writings That Shaped a Nation: Voices From the Revolutionary Era

The revolutionary era produced some of the most important political texts and autobiographies in American history. This four-evening book discussion series offers the chance to learn about, read, and informally discuss four classics of the period by Founding Fathers and one too-often-overlooked masterpiece by an ordinary American soldier. This session discusses Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

Date
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Date
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Art of the Medieval World: Cathedrals and Beyond
4-Session Evening Course

Art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the art and architecture of the thousand-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and its relationship to a society infused with faith and spirituality. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Tuesday, May 8 to 29, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: Tokyo

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of Tokyo.

Date
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood

Acclaimed pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations, and performs selections from some of America’s legendary composers of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, in this engaging and entertaining 4-session series. And, of course, he always takes requests! This session focuses on Hollywood.

Date
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov.

Date
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House music.

Date
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Writings That Shaped a Nation: Voices From the Revolutionary Era

The revolutionary era produced some of the most important political texts and autobiographies in American history. This four-evening book discussion series offers the chance to learn about, read, and informally discuss four classics of the period by Founding Fathers and one too-often-overlooked masterpiece by an ordinary American soldier. This session discusses Ordinary Courage by Joseph Plumb Martin.

Date
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Part of a 6-session course, learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire. This session focuses on Sergey Prokofiev.

Date
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Reading the Neapolitan Quartet

The novels of Elena Ferrante’s rich, intense Neapolitan Quartet have captivated readers as they follow two friends whose lives change over the course of 60 years after World War II. Part of a 4-session course, join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about these compelling books. This session's featured novel is The Story of the Lost Child.

Date
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Italian Renaissance Art
4-Session Evening Course

Art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman explores some of the great masterworks of art and architecture created from the late-14th to the 16th centuries as she examines the intellectual trends and social context that gave rise to such giants as Giotto, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Monday, June 4 to 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: San Francisco

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of San Francisco.

Date
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Writings That Shaped a Nation: Voices From the Revolutionary Era

The revolutionary era produced some of the most important political texts and autobiographies in American history. This four-evening book discussion series offers the chance to learn about, read, and informally discuss four classics of the period by Founding Fathers and one too-often-overlooked masterpiece by an ordinary American soldier. This session discusses The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

Date
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.