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Southern Maryland’s Calvert Cliffs are a vivid remnant of the Chesapeake Bay’s prehistoric past. Stephen Godfrey, a Smithsonian research associate and curator of paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum, traces the fascinating history of the cliffs, discusses the amazing diversity of fossils that they preserve, and the picture they present of the Mid-Atlantic environment during the Miocene epoch.

Event date
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Can Stoicism’s guiding emphasis on emotional moderation and the importance of moral choices provide us with some guideposts for navigating today’s world? Classicist James Romm examines the philosophy transmitted by Seneca the Younger with an eye to whether we can benefit from borrowing his Stoic outlook.

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Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

A path that Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed all walked finds a new incarnation in the 400-mile Jordan Trail. Explorer Andrew Evans, one of the first Americans to hike its complete length, narrates the experience of his 40-day journey, showcasing his encounters with the nature, people, history, and culture of Jordan.

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Monday, May 13, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Beyond the Greeks, the Aegean world nurtured other civilizations notable for their architecture, material culture, and artistic creations. Archaeologist Robert R. Stieglitz, a specialist in maritime interconnections, explores the splendid legacies of the Minoan Cretes and the Cycladic-era islanders of Santorini. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Event date
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.