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
Choosing the Right To Die: A Mother’s Perspective
When Deborah Ziegler’s 29-year-old daughter Brittany Maynard, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, went public with the decision to end her own life she became the face of the controversial right-to-die movement. Ziegler shares how that family anguish played out in public, and how since her daughter’s death in late 2014 she has found a role as an advocate for the growing number of people worldwide who are struggling with end-of-life issues.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Shuck Beans, Stack Cake, and Chocolate Gravy: Food Traditions of the Mountain South
Food writer and cooking teacher Sheri Castle, who hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, explores the rich history and heritage of the foodways of the Mountain South, a region whose cuisine—long overlooked or misunderstood—is riding the wave of new attention.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Underground Virginia: Caves of the Shenandoah
All-Day Tour
Go deep into Virginia’s geological history as caver Gregg Clemmer guides you through the natural wonders of Luray Caverns and Shenandoah Caverns.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 7:30 AM
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow
Morning Tour
One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your path indoors and out. Step inside the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Sacred Signs: The Interwoven Symbolism of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
4-Session Evening Course
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have shared origins and symbolism, and even adopted symbols and visual ideas from the pagan art that preceded them. Ori Soltes of Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization explores how the three Abrahamic faiths transformed or reinterpreted the meanings of common symbols to express their particularized sense of God. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Enduring Extremes: The Science of Astronaut Health
As a manned mission to Mars becomes a possibility, the dangers of long-duration space travel for humans must be addressed. Find out what is being done to ensure astronaut health from a panel of top NASA medical experts.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The World of Spices
Lior Lev Sercarz knows exactly how to spice up your life—and your cooking. New York City’s “wizard of spice” shares spice history, how-tos for creating your own blends, cooking inspirations, and other flavorful tips from his new book, The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Campaign 2016: Behind the Scenes of the Presidential Election
For a firsthand look behind the scenes of this election, joins U.S. News and World Report senior White House correspondent Kenneth Walsh as he moderates a lively discussion among a panel of experts who were right down in the trenches during the battle.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Washington’s Hidden Infrastructure: How Water Works
All-Day Tour
We take clean, clear water for granted. But behind the production of that usable water is a complex infrastructure, a world little recognized and rarely seen by the public. Join Bill Keene for a behind-the-scenes look at two area water facilities.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Prisoners of War
Just as war and the rules of engagement have changed dramatically over the years, so has the treatment of one of their inevitable results, prisoners of war. Evan J. Wallach, an expert on war crimes and the law of war, investigates the history of POWs and their status in current conflicts.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Hollywood Musical: Four Decades of Magic! Part 4: The 1960s
Big stars, big budgets, and big box office were the mark of hits like West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and My Fair Lady, crowning achievements of the screen musical. But how did Hollywood and the beloved film form reflect—and weather—the social and cultural change of the 1960s? Music specialist Robert Wyatt looks at the triumphs and the decline in the musical’s last golden decade.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
I’ll Take a Manhattan: Cocktails of the Gilded Age
As the robber barons were making millions, bartenders around the country were making something that was also in demand: the cocktail. Join author and cocktail historian Philip Greene in a spirited discussion of the cocktails of the Gilded Age and sample four delicious cocktails of the era.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow
Afternoon Tour
One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your path indoors and out. Step inside the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Inside Blair House
Blair House has long been an elegant and welcoming setting for international diplomatic hospitality. Join curator Candace Shireman as she covers the intriguing history of “the president’s guest house” and highlights its recently restored interiors.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Cracking the Runic Code: The Alphabet of Mystery
The Runic alphabet has long held its secrets chiseled on stone. Henrik Williams, a professor and chair in the department of Scandinavian languages at Uppsala University, shares the stories behind this still-mysterious code, providing glimpses of the Viking culture as it was nearly 2,000 years ago.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Matisse and Contemporary Art in Baltimore
All-Day Tour
Well-traveled, art-loving Etta and Claribel Cone of Baltimore amassed an extraordinary number of works by Matisse and other modern art pioneers. Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art to view the sisters’ extensive collection and a special exhibition on Matisse’s influence on painter Richard Diebenkornm, then get an inside look at current and future trends in contemporary art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Exploring Islam: Myths and Realities
In a thought-provoking program, explore the faith of Muslims from different perspectives with an Islamic scholar Salih Sayilgan.
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Spanish Art and Architecture: A Treasury of Delights
Art historian Joseph Cassar examines how the art and architecture of Spain—as seen in the works of El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, Picasso, and Gaudi—offer a window into the influences that define the country's history and national identity. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:30 PM
The Seneca Quarry and the Castle
All-Day Tour
Garrett Peck, author of The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry, leads a countryside excursion that centers on the role that the once-thriving Maryland quarry played in the building of 19th-century Washington.
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Theodor Herzl: The Founder of Modern Zionism
As an assimilated Viennese Jew who was not particularly religious and didn’t speak Hebrew, Theodor Herzl was a most unlikely candidate to spearhead the movement to create an independent Jewish homeland. Ralph Nurnberger, professor of international relations at Georgetown University, shares how—against the odds—this determined playwright, writer, and political activist became the founder of 20th century Zionism.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Montgomery Meigs in Washington: The Civil War and Beyond
From the Capitol dome to the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, the work of architect and engineer Montgomery Meigs is still a visible part of our region’s landscape—and our daily lives. Historian and urban studies specialist Bill Keene explores the many facets and achievements of the former Civil War officer who helped define and develop an enduring vision of the capital city.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Cultivate Your Speaking Voice
It’s loud and clear: A well-developed, effective speaking voice best supports who you are and what you want to say. Listen up as speech pathologist Laura Purcell Verdun reveals why you have more control over your voice than you realize, and how specific techniques can bring greater impact to your words.
Wednesday, November 30, 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
Ray Charles: “The Genius”
His unique voice and passionate style made Ray Charles one of the most beloved and influential musicians of our time. Music curator John Edward Hasse of the American History Museum celebrates the music, the man, and his place in our country’s cultural history.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Advances in Military Medicine from Mercy Street to the 21st Century
All-Day Tour
Many of the scientific, medical, and technological innovations of the past two centuries have had their roots in military medicine. Visits to the National Museum of Health and Medicine and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine offer insights into that history, as well as military medicine’s links to modern healthcare.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:15 AM
The Civilizations of the Andes: A Cultural Exploration
In a day-long seminar, survey the pre-Columbian civilizations that created the earliest cities of the Western hemisphere, stupendous monumental architecture, magnificently crafted artifacts, and one of the most extensive empires the world has known, the Inca. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo: Contrasts in Greatness
In a daylong program, art historian Nigel McGilchrist examines Leonardo and Michelangelo, towering geniuses of Western art, who shared an intense dislike for each other, but their fraught relationship spurred them—and their contemporaries—to new levels of artistic achievement. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:30 AM
P.G. Wodehouse: “I Expect I’ll Feel Better After Tea”
Raise a toast to the genius of P.G. Wodehouse and his uniquely comic—and uniquely British—literary world as author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar salute one of most widely read humorists of the 20th century.
Monday, December 5, 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
Hieronymus Bosch: Heaven and Hell
Full of fantastic imagery and dense symbolism, the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch create a one-of-kind world that continues to fascinate—and perplex—across the centuries. Art historian Aneta Georgevskia-Shine offers a guide to his life and his haunting works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Radio City Music Hall: Front and Center for the Christmas Spectacular
All-Day Tour
There’s no more iconic holiday performance in New York than Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular. And there’s no better way to see the precision dancing of the Rockettes than from prime orchestra seats in the fabulous art deco theater where the show has been a tradition since 1933. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Music Hall adds to the experience.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:45 AM
Travel Hacking 101: How To Travel Longer for Less
Mike and Anne Howard—founders of the travel website HoneyTrek.com—share tips on a travel style that is more immersive and creative—where saving money is but one of the pleasurable benefits.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Musicians From Marlboro
Virtuoso young artists from the venerable Marlboro Music Festival perform music by Schubert, Haydn, Reger, and Schumann in a concert presented jointly by the Freer and Sackler Galleries and Smithsonian Associates.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 7:30 PM