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Daytime Programs

Totally Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the most influential musicians of his time. Opera and classical music expert Saul Lilienstein offers a rich view of Mozart’s most important accomplishments, from his beginnings as a child prodigy in Salzburg to becoming one of the leading musicians of the Classical period.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to November 19, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Parallels and Peripheries: Migration and Mobility Daytime Tour 

This unique exhibition, Parallels and Peripheries explores how emigrant and first-generation immigrant artists negotiate the issues of migration, identity, visibility and invisibility in a time of social volatility.

Date of event
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

An Immersion in Nature: Japanese "Forest Bathing" - Urban Style

Learn the benefits of quiet time spent in touch with nature as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing, leads a series of 2-hour walks in the Smithsonian’s beautiful Enid A. Haupt Garden.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

An Immersion in Nature: Japanese "Forest Bathing" - Urban Style

Learn the benefits of quiet time spent in touch with nature as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing, leads a series of 2-hour walks in the Smithsonian’s beautiful Enid A. Haupt Garden.

Date of event
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Perry Belmont House Daytime Tour

Possibly the finest, intact example of a Beaux Arts style mansion in Washington, the Perry Belmont House was built by Perry and Jessie Belmont in 1906 when he was a Congressman and Ambassador to Spain for the specific purpose of entertaining Washington notables and dignitaries from all over the world.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

DC Museums Salute the Suffragists: Tracing the Path to the Voting Booth

With the impending centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, several Washington museums are spotlighting the decades-long struggle for women’s suffrage in special exhibitions. Join tour guide Kathleen Bashian to view them and explore how the movement’s leaders and activists—as well as ordinary women—achieved that goal.

Date of event
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

An Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Enjoy the beauty of an autumn morning on the 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around Roosevelt Island, focusing on its woodlands, wildlife, and history.

Date of event
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Home Cooking, Cuban-style: Hot Lunch at Cuba Libre

The best food in Cuba can be found in paladares, small private restaurants generally run out of family homes. Join chef and cookbook author Guillermo Pernot as he serves up a paladares-inspired meal at his D.C. eatery, Cuba Libre.

Date of event
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.

An Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Enjoy the beauty of an autumn morning on the 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around Roosevelt Island, focusing on its woodlands, wildlife, and history.

Date of event
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Classical Music and American Foreign Relations: A Complicated Duet

Jonathan Rosenberg of Hunter College delves into the singular and complex relationship of classical music and political ideology in 20th-century America. He examines how in the decades that spanned two world wars and the Cold War, classical musicians, singers, composers, and conductors could find themselves celebrated as cultural ambassadors or ostracized for their nationality or political beliefs.

Date of event
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.

Introduction to Western Art: From the Great Pyramids to the Pantheon

In a fascinating overview of ancient material culture, art historian Renee Gondek surveys the paintings, sculptures, and architectural wonders produced in ancient Egypt and the Greco-Roman world that served as inspiration for generations of creators to come. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Monday, January 6 to February 3, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (no class Jan. 20)