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All upcoming International Culture programs

All upcoming International Culture programs

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March 6, 2024

Though it lasted for only 50 years, the Japanese empire forever changed the geopolitical balance in Asia and left a complex legacy that endures to this day. In a winter series, historian Justin M. Jacobs takes you on a thematic tour of five fascinating topics in the history of the Japanese empire. This session's focus will be on Japanese video games

March 6, 2024

Discover the wild side of Puerto Rico, a Caribbean destination that you don’t need a passport to visit. Naturalist Matt Felperin shares his experience birding on the island­—which despite being about the size of Connecticut, boasts a surprising diversity of habitats, climate, and culture. He surveys the variety of endemic bird species that you can’t see anywhere else, as well as other fascinating flora and fauna.

March 11, 2024

The Bargello Museum houses what is arguably the world's greatest collection of Renaissance sculptures. Renaissance art expert Rocky Ruggiero delves into the history of the 13th-century building that houses the collection as well as the sculptural masterpieces that it contains. Among them are works by Michelangelo, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Verrocchio. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

March 19, 2024

Do you know the stories behind delectable Chinese American dishes—such as the connection between scallion pancakes and pizza? Drawing on her new book, Chinese Menu, Newberry and Caldecott honoree Grace Lin shares the tales behind favorite Chinese American food, from fried dumplings to fortune cookies. Rooted in history and folklore, the delightful stories are filled with squabbling dragons, magical fruits, and hungry monks. Journalist Lisa Ling joins Lin to uncover the rich histories of these dishes. Although Lin’s book is for young readers, this delicious conversation is for foodies of all ages.

March 22, 2024

In addition to producing incredible and complex wines, Languedoc is a leader in sustainable viticulture and forward-thinking responses to climate change. This delicious exploration of regional wines led by sommelier Erik Segelbaum explores the profound impact Languedoc has had in the global wine world. The immersive program includes a curated personal tasting kit to enhance the experience.

March 23, 2024

London’s historic places from medieval to modern and from famous to less well known, including rarities, splendors, and city surprises, are explored by London-born historian Lorella Brocklesby. Join her on a fascinating route that journeys from the ancient city through Covent Garden, the Strand, Whitehall, and Westminster to naval Greenwich.

April 11, 2024

Architecturally breathtaking and rich in splendid art and decor, Hampton Court Palace has served as the stage for some of the most important events in the country’s history. Drawing on his new book, The Palace: From the Tudors to the Windsors, 500 Years of British History at Hampton Court, historian Gareth Russell observes the monarchy from King Henry VIII to Queen Elizabeth II through a unique lens—their connections to specific rooms at Hampton Court Palace. Along the way, he uncovers the ups and downs of royal history at the palace and what (and who) was at play politically, socially, and economically throughout the centuries.

April 12, 2024
$100 - $130

Enjoy a three-course lunch at Washington’s modern Japanese restaurant Nama Ko and learn how a single fish can be used to make essential Japanese pantry ingredients, both fresh and preserved. Chef Derek Watson uses a whole bonito or skipjack tuna to demonstrate how it is used in each course of the menu, which includes miso soup, tuna sashimi with house-made ponzu sauce, and salmon donburi.

April 17, 2024

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the last great masters of the Japanese woodblock print, credited with firmly establishing landscape as a distinctive genre within the art form. His captivating vistas of mountains, forests, and waters are some of the most enduring imagery to represent the Japanese archipelago. National Museum of Asian Art curator Kit Brooks examines Hiroshige’s training, departures from conventional woodblock print subjects, and unconventional aesthetics.

May 17, 2024

Winemakers in Chile are amid a new era of innovation, modernization, discovery, and rejuvenation—leading to some of the most exciting wines the country has ever known. Sommelier Erik Segelbaum and Amanda Barnes, author of The South American Wine Guide, reveal why Chilean wine has never been better. The immersive program includes a curated personal tasting kit to enhance the experience.