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The Many Cuisines of China
Skip the General Tsao’s Chicken. Cookbook author and illustrator Carolyn Phillips opens the door to the regional delights of Chinese dining that you’ve never known about when she offers an overview of the sweeping variety of cuisines within the country. Then shift from big to bite-sized as she shares tasty insights on dim sum’s traditions.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Cultural Heritage Sites of China
From the grand splendor of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace to the serene beauty of the gardens of Suzhou and the grand tombs of Ming and Qing dynasty rulers, spend a day with art historian Robert DeCaroli as he introduces spectacular places in China that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Madagascar: A Lost World, Found
RESCHEDULED: Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island, had managed to keep its secrets for 40 million years. Among them were plants and animals that had evolved in isolation since the days of the dinosaurs. Edwin Smith, a biologist at the National Zoo, delves into some of Madagascar’s storied mysteries and explores the possibilities of the island’s future as human civilization expands across the once-isolated home of its unique plant and animal species.
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Hot Pots, Museum Raids, and the Race To Uncover Asia’s Archaeological Past
The chance discovery 50 years ago of beautiful Bronze Age artifacts in the Thai village of Ban Chiang, led to a new understanding of an ancient Asian culture. It also led to one of the largest antiquities-trafficking cases ever investigated by the U.S. Justice Department. In this evening program, discover an exciting detective story that also reveals the harm caused by archaeological looting.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:45 PM
An Evening of Indian Classical Music
Harsh Narayan, a rising young virtuoso of the traditional stringed sarangi, and accompanist Aditya Kalyanpur on the tabla offer a concert drawn from one of the world’s great musical traditions, the classical ragas of India.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:30 PM
A Taste of Japan
Join Rudy Maxa, host of Rudy Maxa’s World on public television, and local restaurateur Daisuke Utagawa (Daikaya, Bantam King) for a preview of their upcoming series Taste of Japan, which follows their search for the ingredients, the people, and the traditions behind the country’s exquisite cuisine.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Splendors of Vienna
Mention Vienna, and waltzes, pastries, and refined elegance come to mind. But the Austrian capital also gave us Freud, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Mahler, and its remarkable achievements in painting, design, contemporary music, medicine, literature and philosophy are second to none. Opera expert Fred Plotkin reveals the many layers of this beautiful city.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Naples: History in a Crucible
Come on a virtual tour of one of the world’s most exciting and appealing cities, Naples, in the Campania region of Italy, guided by art historian Nigel McGilchrist. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Christmas Markets of Europe: A Festive Stroll
Take a vicarious stroll through some of Europe’s charming Christmas markets in a delightful evening filled with holiday music and a reception highlighting European-inspired specialties and traditional holiday sweets.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 6:45 PM