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The Greening of Religion: Ethics and the Environment

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Christian churches and other world religions are increasingly incorporating environmentalism into their teachings. Ethicist and author William Barbieri explores how and why these religious traditions are responding to ecological challenges, and what we can learn from this process regarding the role of religions in the modern world.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Backyard Forest Bathing: Reconnecting with Nature

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Join author Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an intimate virtual forest-bathing walk. Plug your headphones or earbuds into your smartphone, get comfortable in your backyard or a favorite natural area, and immerse yourself in nature through a rejuvenating morning program.

Date of event
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET

Forensic Anthropologist Kathy Reichs

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Kathy Reichs is known for her crime-fiction novels chronicling the adventures of Temperance (Bones) Brennan, a forensic anthropologist at the fictional Jeffersonian Institute. Join her as she uncovers the challenges of translating real-life drama into the stuff of fiction, discusses her dual careers, and shares stories behind her newest novel, A Conspiracy of Bones.

Date of event
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

African Art Through the Centuries

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From the vibrant paintings found in Stone Age caves to works of contemporary creators, the arts of Africa have been shaped by unique creative insight as well as by specific political, social, religious, and economic forces. Art historian Kevin Tervala explores these vibrant artistic expressions through an examination of the continent’s historical trajectory. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Backyard Forest Bathing: Reconnecting with Nature

Live Streaming

Join author Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an intimate virtual forest-bathing walk. Plug your headphones or earbuds into your smartphone, get comfortable in your backyard or a favorite natural area, and immerse yourself in nature through a rejuvenating morning program.

Date of event
Friday, July 17, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET

Greek Vase-Painting: Gods and Humans

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The human and mythological activities depicted on the painted surfaces of Greek vases provide a richly detailed visual narrative of life in the ancient civilization. Art historian Renee Gondek explores the uses, stories, and artistry of these vessels. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Art + History: Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley

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Great art is timeless. Paul Glenshaw examines the iconic painting Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley, exploring its historical context, delving into the era of its artist, the present he inhabited, and what shaped his vision and creations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Backyard Forest Bathing: Reconnecting with Nature

Live Streaming

Join author Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an intimate virtual forest-bathing walk. Plug your headphones or earbuds into your smartphone, get comfortable in your backyard or a favorite natural area, and immerse yourself in nature through a rejuvenating morning program.

Date of event
Friday, July 24, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET

Venice: 1000 Years of History

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The golden period of the Serenissima Republic is reflected in the glorious art generated for its churches, confraternities, and palaces, including works by Bellini, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, and other masters. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo traces the history of this fabled city and the art and architecture created there. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, July 31, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Art + History: The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins

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Great art is timeless. Paul Glenshaw examines the iconic painting The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins, exploring its historical context, delving into the era of its artist, the present he inhabited, and what shaped his vision and creations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Langley and Manly and Orville and Wilbur: The Race To Be First To Fly

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Aviation writer and filmmaker Paul Glenshaw tells the story of the epic race between two engineering teams who ran a neck-and-neck race to be the first to fly in the fall and winter of 1903. One was a pair of brothers—Orville and Wilbur Wright. The other team was Dr. Samuel Langley, secretary of the Smithsonian, and his assistant, Charles Matthews Manly. We know who won—but do we know why?

Date of event
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Art + History: Guernica by Pablo Picasso

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Great art is timeless. Paul Glenshaw examines the iconic painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso, exploring its historical context, delving into the era of its artist, the present he inhabited, and what shaped his vision and creations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term

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Each fall, the Supreme Court justices begin hearing and deliberating the country’s most important—and often most controversial—legal cases. Get in on the conversation as a panel of legal experts on the Supreme Court preview and debate critical issues raised in some of the cases the court will take up.

Date of event
Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The Complicated, Controversial Lives of British Royal Consorts

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What happens when there’s a power struggle within a power couple? Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger examines some of Britain’s most famous royal pairs and the challenges they faced in maintaining a happy marriage while one of them ruled the kingdom.

Date of event
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

The Women Who Ruled the East End: Remarkable Tales of Wartime London

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Women in aprons and button-up boots were the beating heart of the tenement neighborhoods that serve as the backdrop for the PBS series “Call the Midwife.” These no-nonsense matriarchs who ruled London’s sooty cobblestone streets responded with astonishing ingenuity, resilience, and strength as they faced the horrors of WWII just beyond their own front doors. Join author Kate Thompson and historian Alan Capps as they delve deep into the social history of some truly remarkable women.

Date of event
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Igor Stravinsky: The Masterworks

Opera and classical music expert Saul Lilienstein surveys Stravinsky’s major accomplishments, from his early ground-breaking music for the Ballets Russes, through the neoclassical masterworks that culminated with The Rake’s Progress, to the far-reaching modernism of his later years.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 6 to November 17, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 3)

The Art of India: From the Indus Valley to Independence

From its origins in the ancient civilization to the present, the complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable art. Art historian Robert DeCaroli highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Monday, November 16 to December 7, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow

One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your paths indoors and out. Get a preview of what spring will look like on the National Mall with a visit to the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Date of event
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 12:30 p.m.