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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II forged much more than a songwriting partnership; they created one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. Todd Purdum, culture and politics writer for The Atlantic, examines how the innovative musicals of these cultural powerhouses came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Compositions in the concerto form can offer audiences some of the most thrilling of listening experiences. Saul Lilienstein, an expert in classical music and opera, surveys and discusses several outstanding recorded examples of works from three centuries.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Mekong weaves through 2,700 miles and thousands of years of Southeast Asian history. Robert DeCaroli, associate professor in the department of history and art history at George Mason University, explores the myriad of cultures that evolved along this massive waterway. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Take a day to learn everything you need to know to become an amateur astronomer in informative, expert-led discussions moderated by NASA Solar System Ambassador Woody Davis.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Meditation teacher Hugh Byrne explains how mindfulness works and how practicing it can promote a deeper and richer awareness of our inner self, among other benefits.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The country houses of England are among the country’s greatest treasures. Art historian Bonita Billman surveys a selection of these grand estates, known for their architectural magnificence, spectacular decorative art and art collections, and glorious gardens. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Washington area is a book lover’s playground, with excellent local bookstores satisfying every kind of literary taste. Join four knowledgeable booksellers from independent shops as they share their picks among upcoming titles in genres they know and love—and spotlight area authors you should know about.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Take a rare opportunity to hear first-person stories from men and women whose careers are spent in diplomatic Washington when you spend a day at the American Foreign Service Association and the U.S. Department of State.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Who knew that beneath our feet is evidence of magma chambers, giant sharks, Himalayan-sized and Washington native Callan Bentley leads a fascinating exploration of the Mid-Atlantic region that examines an extraordinary history spanning more than a billion years of geologic time.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Scholars of the New Testament and early Christianity continue to debate a number of crucial issues that matter not only to people of faith, but also to anyone interested in the history of the world’s largest religion. Following his previous “great controversies” seminar, Bart Ehrman, a leading authority on early Christianity, the New Testament, and the life of Jesus, returns to explore four more intriguing questions of faith and Biblical scholarship.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Art historian Nancy G. Heller explores some of the Prado’s most important masterworks, traces its significance as a treasury of traditional Spanish art, and how a new gallery expansion has widened the museum’s scope to embrace contemporary works from Spain and elsewhere. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Archaeologist Robert Stieglitz explores the history and cultural heritage of the civilization that brought urban life and literacy to the ancient western Mediterranean.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.