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Streaming Programs

Your newest link to our world of learning

Welcome to Smithsonian Associates Streaming. We’ve asked several of our popular speakers to create special programs to launch this online learning initiative designed with our audiences in mind.

Our first series of free streaming programs runs from May 14 to June 11. They’re designed to provide you with early access to Smithsonian Associates Streaming and invite you to join us as we plan and produce an expanded slate of future online programming inspired by the full range of topics we offer year round.

We’re excited to present this new aspect of our 55 years as the nation’s largest museum-based educational program—and to have you be an important part of that process.

A World Tour of Mesmerizing Mosaics

Live Streaming

Escape into the unique world of mosaics in a lively pictorial lecture that travels to Ravenna, Barcelona, Chartres, and other locations to celebrate the beauty and expressive variety of the art form.

Date of event
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Architecture on the National Mall: South Mall

Live Streaming

View a familiar urban landscape with new eyes as you join Bill Keene on an illustrated virtual tour of the National Mall that covers its history, design, and architecture from the earliest vision to the latest developments. This session focuses on South Mall sites.

Date of event
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Pantry-Friendly Cooking

Live Streaming

Learn to optimize your pantry from food writers Charlotte Druckman and Joe Yonan, whose newly released cookbooks are perfect guides to quarantine cooking.

Date of event
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hand Sewing for Mindful Reflection

Live Streaming

There’s something centering and calming in immersing yourself in a hand-sewing project. Create a textile panel featuring a spiral design that inspires reflection.

Date of event
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

Architecture on the National Mall: North Mall and Capitol

Live Streaming

View a familiar urban landscape with new eyes as you join Bill Keene on an illustrated virtual tour of the National Mall that covers its history, design, and architecture from the earliest vision to the latest developments. This session focuses on North Mall sites and Capitol.

Date of event
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

The Disasters of Ancient Thebes

Live Streaming

In Greek mythology, a plague, a bloodthirsty monster, and inept rulers all tested the fortitude of the citizens of Thebes. Art historian Renee Gondek explores this convergence of calamities though the focus of Oedipus the King.

Date of event
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A Decade of Disruption: America in the New Millennium

Live Streaming

The United States weathered a turbulent first decade of the 21st century, tumultuous years of economic crises, social and technological change, and war. Historian Garrett Peck examimes how the fallout from the Great Recession led to the hyper-polarized society of the years that followed and why timely re-examination of the period between 2000 and 2010 can reveal how we’ve arrived at our current era of cultural division.

Date of event
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.