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Frank Underwood’s Washington: A House of Cards Walking Tour
Follow in the footsteps of the power-hungry politicos of the addictive Netflix series—the ones they take around Washington, that is. Join local historian Kathleen Bashian to cover some of the Washington locations against which the Underwoods’ scheming, affairs of state, and affairs of a different kind play out.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Seductive Paris: American Painters in the City of Light, 1855–1920
In the late 19th century, Paris beckoned young aspiring American painters like Whistler and Sargent. Art historian Bonita Billman highlights Paris’s ascension as the center of the art world, and the French masters who trained American artists and sent them home brimming with creative new ideas. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:30 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
Novelist Jodi Picoult: On Tackling Tough Topics
In a conversation with NPR’s Lynn Neary, best-selling author Jodi Picoult discusses her career, inspirations, writing process, and why the issues she takes on in her latest book Small Great Things spoke to her as a novelist. 
Wednesday, October 26, 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