Popular Culture Programs
2001 at 50: An Anniversary Odyssey

Re-experience the groundbreaking film that influenced such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and James Cameron in a special screening. Then join Michael Benson, author of Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece, for some insights into its creation.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
Lidia Bastianich’s American Dream

When she was 12, cookbook author, television personality, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich fled Europe with her family to escape persecution. Drawing on her new book, My American Dream, Bastianich shares the vivid story of the fulfillment of that dream, beginning with her new life in New York and the dedication and passion for food that helped to build a successful career.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Join the Emmy Award–winning filmmaker, educator, literary scholar, journalist, and cultural critic as he adds another distinction to the list: recipient of Smithsonian Associates’ 17th annual Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award.

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Marvel Men: Joe and Anthony Russo on Bringing Avengers: Infinity War to the Screen

Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo discuss their experiences in transporting the adventures of a whole galaxy of iconic Marvel superheroes from the page to the screen in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Mark and Jay Duplass: Like Brothers

Producers, writers, directors, and actors Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass tell their story of a lifelong creative partnership based on a bond that’s resilient, affectionate, mutually empowering, and only mildly dysfunctional. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
What Is It about This Is Us?

This Is Us is a TV show about a complex, relatable family that has been more than holding its own in an entertainment landscape overflowing with content choices. Learn how a show devoid of flashy characters and outlandish storylines–and that makes us cry sometimes–has become something of a cultural phenomenon.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Designing the World of Hamilton

David Korin’s name may not be on the marquee, but his role in Hamilton is a major—and highly visible—one. The production designer for the show that has become a cultural phenomenon discusses the meticulous research, collaboration, and sheer hard work that went into creating and building every detail of the setting against which the musical plays out.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.