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Conversations on Contemporary Novels: National Book Critics Circle Award Winners
If you love discovering a new book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing recent novels recognized by the National Book Critics Circle Award. This session will feature Edith Pearlmans's Binocular Vision. Part of a 4-Session Course.
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 6:45 PM
South Africa: Empire, War, and Sovereignty
Queen Victoria’s military adventures in Africa demonstrate both the global reach of the mighty British Empire in the 19th century and the dangers of overreach. Historian Benedict Carton explores three pivotal conflicts that profoundly shaped South Africa and its legacy of empire.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 1:00 PM
What is Your Attachment Style?: Building Better Relationships Through Science
According to psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine, each of us has one of three distinct attachment styles that describe our behavior in a relationship: anxious, secure, or avoidant. Find out what your own style is—and how to figure out the style of others. It can make a big difference in how we manage our close relationships.
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM
The Great Cathedrals and Basilicas of Italy
Join Eric Denker, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, as he leads a lavishly illustrated daylong program that focuses on the churches of Venice, Rome, Siena, and Florence that represent some of Italy’s most exceptional repositories of ecclesiastical art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Smithsonian Craft2Wear 10th Anniversary Preview Night
Get the first look at a curated collection of art to buy and wear. Special drawing to win $100 to spend at the show. Evening includes meeting artists, a runway fashion show, and refreshments.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:00 PM