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Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining, Informative, Eclectic, Insightful


Friday, November 6 and 13, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET

The Renaissance, a genuine rebirth of culture in Italy between the late-15th and mid-16th century, saw extraordinary artistic accomplishments in painting and sculpture. In a two-day series, art historian Janetta Rebold Benton highlights a quartet of geniuses of the Early and High Renaissance whose work defines the time. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET

Austerlitz, Borodino, and Waterloo are among the places most closely associated with the era of the Napoleonic Wars. But this period of nearly continuous Franco-British conflict affected nations far beyond Europe. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze analyzes the immediate and extended consequences of the political tremors that spread as far as the Americas, Africa, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, as well as across the Atlantic and the Indian oceans.

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET

The South of France, with its glorious light and varied vistas, has long been a magnet for plein-air painters. Art historian Bonita Billman looks into the inspiration that places such as Avignon, Arles, St. Tropez, Nice, and others provided for the brilliantly colored works produced by 19th- and early-20th century painters. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Venice was shaped by its privileged position as cultural and economic bridge between the eastern and western Christian world, its distinctive mix of Islamic, Byzantine, and classical influences, and the brilliant creators who reflected the glories of its long-lived republic in some of the most enduring and distinctive art and architecture in Europe. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, examines the artistic heritage and the history of perhaps the most singular city in the world. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, January 9, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET

The story of the American Revolution is more than a catalog of deeds by famous men. Historian Richard Bell explores this tumultuous period from the perspective of ordinary Americans by looking at military recruitment, the wars on the home front and in Native American territory, the struggles of people of color, and the experiences of loyalists.

Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

If you’ve dreamed of glancing across a dry African savannah or standing beneath a jungle canopy, hoping to get a fleeting glimpse of a wild creature you’ve only seen in a zoo, follow veteran wilderness guide and wildlife photographer Russell Gammon on a virtual safari to his favorite wild places.