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China and Japan: A History of Empires

The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a comprehensive perspective on thousands of years of their pasts in an informative lecture series. This session focuses on ancient Chinese philosophers.

Date
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Many Cultures of Taiwan

Taiwan and its many smaller offshore islands may not be huge in area, but they contain vast history, traditions, cultures, and natural attractions. Get ready to explore many of the treats Taiwan has to offer and discover many of its indigenous cultures during a single spectacular evening, featuring Taiwanese music and food and drink samples.

Date
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Planes, Bikes, and Automobiles: A Transportation Infrastructure Tour

Discover some of the infrastructure solutions designed to combat the challenges of navigating the Washington region in a daylong tour that brings you in touch with transportation professionals at Reagan National Airport, within Arlington County, Virginia, and Capital Bikeshare.

Date
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Pick Your Poison, Royal Style

For centuries, Europe’s royals were frightened there might be poison in their pie, so servants were forced to lick the royal family’s spoons. Perilous potions and royal schemes are the subject of historian Eleanor Herman’s entertaining discussion about the eras when mercury ointment, dead birds, and arsenic and quicksilver were part of many a royal’s first-aid kit.

Date
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Star Power: Inside the Michelin Guide

When the Michelin Guide, a powerful arbiter of taste, arrived in Washington in 2016, it was widely interpreted as validation of the city’s culinary pedigree. In a special evening that follows the launch of this year’s guide, hear about the newly selected Washington “stars” from Michael Ellis, Michelin’s international director.

Date
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
Art Nouveau: New Style for a New Century

Though it flowered only briefly in the early years of the last century, art nouveau has had a long-lasting influence and popularity. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the movement’s organic, sinuous, and seductive styles. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Emerson String Quartet 2018–19 Season

The Emerson String Quartet continues to delight audiences at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., for its 39th season in this 5-concert series.

Date
Sun., Sept. 16, 2018; Sun., Dec. 9, 2018; Sat. Jan. 5, 2019; Sun. April 7, 2019; and Sun. May 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
The Biggest and Best Eyes on the Skies: Telescopic Revelations

Hubble. Chandra. Spitzer. Kepler. Over the years, these and other space telescopes have revealed the wonders of the cosmos to scientists and other stargazers. Sam Quinn, an astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, tells us what new wonders might be revealed by those amazing eyes in the sky.

Date
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Flying Aces of WWI

Early in the last century, a group of young men from several nations took to the sky to do battle in World War I. They went on to achieve a status similar to modern-day rock stars. Learn about the exploits of these daring flying aces—many of whom didn’t survive the war.

Date
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
A Private Lunch at Sababa: Israeli Cool

Sababa is Hebrew slang for great or cool. It is also the name of a new contemporary Israeli restaurant in Cleveland Park. Sababa opens exclusively to Smithsonian guests for a family-style lunch and a glass of wine—and author and culinary expert Joan Nathan adds a dash of cultural context to the proceedings.

Date
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: A Date with Spike the Elephant

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Promoter ($100) level or below: Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s Asian elephant herd—and welcome its newest member, Spike—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 22, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: A Date with Spike the Elephant

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s Asian elephant herd—and welcome its newest member, Spike—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 22, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: A Date with Spike the Elephant

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s Asian elephant herd—and welcome its newest member, Spike—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 22, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: A Date with Spike the Elephant

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s Asian elephant herd—and welcome its newest member, Spike—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 22, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana

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 23, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Music from the Anacostia Delta: Celebrating the Legacy of Washington’s Guitar Masters

The late great guitarist Danny Gatton was the preeminent artist of a uniquely Washington sound—a virtuosic blend of rock and roll, jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, and soul that he said came from the Anacostia Delta. Experience that unique form as several master Anacostia Delta musicians gather to celebrate the music in stories and performance.

Date
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Maryland: A Fertile State for Dinosaur Fossils

Ray Stanford, a self-taught fossil hunter, accidentally found the tracks of five dinosaur species in the parking lot of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. Stanford, who has tracked dinosaurs for 25 years, talks about the amazing diversity of fossils preserved within Maryland, from Ice-Age mammals to fossils hundreds of millions of years old.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Caught in the Act!

The best operatives never get caught—but some spies and insurgents get stopped in their tracks. Learn about notable arrests, captures, and expulsions from the 1960s through today from experts familiar with the maneuvers behind each successful catch.

Date
Wednesday, September 26 to October 17, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Richard III: The Search for the “Real” King

Richard III is one of the most famous—and possibly the most infamous—of all British monarchs. For more than 500 years, his true nature has been debated. Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger explores the various attempts to portray Richard III over the centuries, from the villain of Shakespeare to the hero of his followers.

Date
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Perfect Pairings: Natural Wines and Your Favorite Foods

Have you heard the new culinary term, “wine food”? It refers to matching a wider range of wines to food. Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker, authors of Wine Food, discuss a range of distinctive flavors that natural wines offer, and how to match them with your favorite foods. Stay for a specially paired bite and sip.

Date
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Second City: Made in America (Some Assembly Required)

In their latest hilarious take on our great big dysfunctional country, the much-lauded comedy troupe is sending satire down the conveyor belt and celebrating what makes us all tick.

Date
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
The Second City: Made in America (Some Assembly Required)

In their latest hilarious take on our great big dysfunctional country, the much-lauded comedy troupe is sending satire down the conveyor belt and celebrating what makes us all tick.

Date
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:00 p.m.
Discover Jazz

The sounds, styles, and artists who shaped jazz—and give it life today—are essential elements of our musical tradition. Smithsonian curator John Edward Hasse, one of the country’s leading jazz historians, leads an exploration of the mysteries, riches, and joys of this all-American art form. With live music performance.

Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Bauhaus: Creating Designs for Living

The Bauhaus, founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, was part modernist school of art and design and part dream factory. Artist and art historian Joseph Paul Cassar explores its importance and enduring influence. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The World Series: Baseball’s Prize

Join John McMurray, chair of the Deadball Era Committee and Oral History Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research, for an examination of how the World Series came to be, its evolution, and a fascinating replay of highlights from Series history. 

Date
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
China and Japan: A History of Empires

The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a comprehensive perspective on thousands of years of their pasts in an informative lecture series. This session focuses on ancient China.

Date
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
White Canvas Over Blue Water: 500 Years of Sailing Adventure

Join transportation expert Scott Hercik in an immersive exploration into great sailing vessels, from those of the earliest explorers to today’s high-tech and high-performance speedsters. Highlights include the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, the Watermen’s Museum in historic Yorktown, and a 2-hour schooner sailing adventure. 

Date
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Gershwin, by George!

Pianist and Gershwin authority Robert Wyatt explores the composer’s life and legacy in a lively program that includes Wyatt’s performances of the solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, early and unpublished music, the piano improvisations, and other Gershwin musical selections. 

Date
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Novelist Jodi Picoult: Her Latest Tough Topic

Popular author Jodi Picoult is known for addressing tough topics in her novels. This evening, she talks about her career, her writing process, and how the issues she tackles in her new novel, A Spark of Light, spoke to her as a writer.

Date
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Along the Anacostia

Kick off DC Outdoors, a new series of local hikes, by celebrating the centennial of Anacostia Park and the rich history of the riverfront community in Southeast Washington that borders it. The day includes hiking along some of the Anacostia’s most scenic spots.

Date
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sicily’s World of Food and Culture

Sicily bears fascinating traces in art, architecture, and cuisine of the many civilizations that have ruled it over the centuries. Food historian Francine Segan examines how a myriad of cultures influenced the flavors of this island’s iconic dishes. After the program, sample Sicilian history at a reception featuring the region’s desserts and wines.

Date
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Chocolate! Cioccolato! Schokolade! Chocolat!

Chocolate has quite a history—and it’s delicious. Join food historian Francine Segan as she explores its evolution from ancient grainy bitter brew to the smooth and luscious treat we love today. And stay for a tasting of imported Italian chocolates paired with selected French red wine.

Date
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Autumn in Hyde Park: Famous Families and Fabulous Food

Savor the lower Hudson Valley—a treasure trove of historic houses and home of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)—in a 3-day excursion led by Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture. The tour includes visits to the Kykuit Rockefeller estate, the CIA (for a 4-course Italian dinner), the Springwood family estate where Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born, and the magnificent Vanderbilt Mansion. 

Date
Depart: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:30 p.m.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: A Fall Panorama

Join an overnight tour to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the 2,600-acre sanctuary that is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. Get a chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks, and osprey soaring high over a mountaintop preserve that glows with fall foliage.

Date
Depart: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:30 a.m.
Return: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
China and Japan: A History of Empires

The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a comprehensive perspective on thousands of years of their pasts in an informative lecture series. This session focuses on modern Chinese history.

Date
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
China and Japan: A History of Empires

The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a comprehensive perspective on thousands of years of their pasts in an informative lecture series. This session focuses on the Japanese Empire.

Date
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.