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International Culture Programs

A Ganges River Excursion: Exploring India from the Sacred River

Join explorer and author Andrew Evans for a vivid visual journey along the Ganges, one of the greatest river systems in the world. This astonishing waterway connects the lives of nearly 400 million humans and some of the oldest traditions on earth.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Free Film Screening: Fad, Jal

As part of the month-long Francophonie Cultural Festival DC, the Alliance Française of Washington, DC and Smithsonian Associates present a free screening of Fad, Jal directed by Safi Faye.

Date of event
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Taj Mahal.

Date of event
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

A Curious Journey Through Wales

Though not a sovereign state, Wales can compete with Europe’s best in stunning landscapes, rich history, and picture-perfect villages. Christine van Blokland of PBS’sCurious Traveler” series offers an entertaining survey of its natural beauty, heritage and cuisine, and its decidedly curious language.

Date of event
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on Samarkand.

Date of event
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

The History of Ireland: Four Turning Points

Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the complex history of Ireland’s interactions with the outside world that led to the transformation of the island over a thousand years from a relatively isolated island to a colony of its far more powerful neighbor, England.

Date of event
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Mogao Grottos.

Date of event
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Potala Palace.

Date of event
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Neighborhoods of Rome, Vienna, and Madrid

A stone’s throw from tourist-magnet landmarks are the places that offer travelers a true taste of life in Europe’s most appealing neighborhoods. Fred Plotkin offers a guide to the lesser-known churches, theaters, specialty shops, cafes, and unusual museums that make three major cities well worth a visit.  This session focuses on Rome.

Date of event
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.