Courses
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a 6-session series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings. This session focuses on Brahms' concertos.

Date
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration

Using swashbuckling Indiana Jones as both a movie hero and an archetype, Justin M. Jacobs of American University leads a fascinating expedition into real-life and Hollywood-style history that examines the controversies and contexts of archaeology and exploration. This session focuses on "Who Confronted Indiana Jones?" Part of a 5-session lecture series.

Date
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a 6-session series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings. This session focuses on Brahms' symphonic music.

Date
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Reading the Neapolitan Quartet
4-Session Daytime Course

The novels of Elena Ferrante’s rich, intense Neapolitan Quartet have captivated readers as they follow two friends whose lives change over the course of 60 years after World War II. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about these compelling books.

Date
Monday, March 5, April 9, May 7, and June 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
The Immigrant Experience in Literature

Fiction is ideally suited to capture the immigrant experience at its human core. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in an examination of four compelling novels that tell the stories of women and men creating new lives in America—and coming to terms with the lives they left behind. This session's featured novel is Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao.

Date
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a 6-session series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings. This session focuses on Brahms' additional symphonic music.

Date
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: London

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of London.

Date
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Art and Kingship in Southeast Asia
5-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism, with a focus on the royal arts of the great civilizations that arose in the region. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, March 7 to April 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Feel Like an American: How the History of Emotions Reveals National Character
4-Session Daytime Course

The history of emotions is a relatively new area of study that offers a valuable tool to examine social developments and cultural trends. Historian Peter Stearns of George Mason University highlights some of the field’s core ideas as he looks at 250 years of American history through the lenses of happiness, love, shame and guilt, and anger and fear.

Date
Thursday, March 8 to 29, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House art.

Date
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration

Using swashbuckling Indiana Jones as both a movie hero and an archetype, Justin M. Jacobs of American University leads a fascinating expedition into real-life and Hollywood-style history that examines the controversies and contexts of archaeology and exploration. This session focuses on "Did Hollywood Get It Right?" Part of a 5-session lecture series.

Date
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Immigrant Experience in Literature

Fiction is ideally suited to capture the immigrant experience at its human core. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in an examination of four compelling novels that tell the stories of women and men creating new lives in America—and coming to terms with the lives they left behind. This session's featured novel is The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengetsu.

Date
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: Lyon

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of Lyon.

Date
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Writings That Shaped a Nation: Voices From the Revolutionary Era
4-Session Evening Course

The revolutionary era produced some of the most important political texts and autobiographies in American history. This four-evening book discussion series offers the chance to learn about, read, and informally discuss four classics of the period by Founding Fathers and one too-often-overlooked masterpiece by an ordinary American soldier.

Date
Monday, April 16, May 7, May 21, and June 11, 2018 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev
6-Session Daytime Course

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire.

Date
Tuesday, April 17 to May 22, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood
4-Session Daytime Course

Acclaimed pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations, and performs selections from some of America’s legendary composers of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, in this engaging and entertaining series. And, of course, he always takes requests!

Date
Wednesday, April 18 to May 9, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House gardens.

Date
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: Tokyo

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of Tokyo.

Date
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House music.

Date
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: San Francisco

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of San Francisco.

Date
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.