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Your newest link to our world of learning

Welcome to Smithsonian Associates Streaming, a new digital platform for the high-quality, engaging and varied programs that you’ve come to expect from us.

We invite you to join us from the comfort of your home as we present individual programs, multi-part courses, studio arts classes, and virtual study tours inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions. We’re excited to present this new aspect of our 55 years as the world’s largest museum-based educational program—and to have you be an important part of our future growth.

Explore all our offerings in this month's digital program guide.

Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for a series of five online workshops that explore essential elements of writing and styles through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative response to prompts. This writing session is inspired by Paul Cadmus’s Bar Italia.

Studio Arts Course

Exploring Color in Watercolor

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Enhance your knowledge and understanding of color theory in watercolor. Learn practical skills such as identifying and mixing colors correctly to create your own cohesive palette.

Studio Arts Course

Painting Skies, Clouds, Trees, and Mountains in Watercolor

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Using watercolor, gain confidence in painting important natural elements. Demonstrations and exercises introduce techniques in creating flowing landscapes.

Studio Arts Course

Drawing Light… and How the Masters Did It

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

In this 4-session class, learn the strategies artists such as Rembrandt, Turner, and Cézanne, used to harness light and unify, intensify, and give dimension to their images. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Wild Wood: True Tales of Trees

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Join Liana Vitali, naturalist and educator at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Maryland (and self-proclaimed tree-hugger), for an immersive audio-visual journey into the fascinatingly complicated and connected life of trees—from their first tiny emergence through the topsoil as seedlings, to their lasting value to forest life as fallen logs.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Photography

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition.

Lecture/Seminar

Cezanne: The Father of Modern Art

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

For Picasso, Paul Cezanne was simply “the father of us all.” Art historian Joseph Cassar examines key works that reflect how this pioneer of modernism pointed to future developments in art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Altered Books

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Create your own story as you learn to upcycle book pages as surfaces for drawing, painting, and collage using gelatin plate prints, textures, photo transfers, drawing, painting, and text redaction.

Studio Arts Course

Collage and Mixed-Media

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Students are introduced to the materials, tools, and technologies used in collage and assemblage. They find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green.

Studio Arts Workshop

Photo 101: Aspect Ratios

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Gain an understanding of aspect ratios (digital sensors and film). The class explores changing the aspect ratio in camera, aspect-ratio constraints in cropping and post-production, and use of the Photoshop image size and canvas size commands.

Lecture/Seminar

Art Crimes: Trailing Modern Treasure Hunters

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Join expert on art fraud and former FBI agent Robert K. Wittman on his journey around the world as the senior investigator and founder of the FBI National Art Crime Team. He recounts assignments worthy of a spy novel that nabbed the tomb robbers, thieves, looters, and criminals who are the financial engine of the multi-billion-dollar international industry in illicit artifacts.

Lecture/Seminar

Reza Aslan on an American Martyr in Iran: The Howard Baskerville Story

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: Join award-winning historian and bestselling author Reza Aslan as he highlights the complex and historic ties between America and Iran and the potential of a single individual to change the course of history. Aslan traces the epic journey of Howard Baskerville, a young Christian missionary, from South Dakota to Persia (modern-day Iran) to preach the gospel in the 20th century. But it would be political activism and not Christianity that would define his life and lead to his death as a martyr in a foreign land.

Studio Arts Course

Portrait Painting in Oil and Acrylic

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to paint expressive portraits as you improve your observational skills, the ability to see angles and shapes, and your understanding of color and value. The class emphasizes how to define a subject’s unique features by determining shapes of light and shadow.

Studio Arts Course

The Art of Floral Design

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Explore the spectrum of floral design. Sourcing (with a focus on sustainability), making the most of seasonal flowers, creating centerpieces, wiring techniques, and photographing your work are all among the practical areas covered. 

Studio Arts Course

Bobbin Lace: Beyond the Basics

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Explore many new techniques and build new skills as you create four small projects in an intermediate-level course.

Studio Arts Course

Exploring Abstraction

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create exciting and innovative works of art, using a series of drawing and painting exercises designed to examine non-traditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter.

Course

Supernatural Classics: Musical Magic, Ghouls, and Ghosts

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

From “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” to Don Giovanni to the “Mephisto Waltz,” classical composers have long delighted in taking audiences on deliciously spooky excursions into the musical realms of the supernatural. In the perfect overture to Halloween, lecturer and concert pianist Rachel Franklin leads a hair-raising tour of some of the best-loved classical music haunts, spotlighting works that offer encounters with spectral creatures, ghost ships, demonic valets, trolls, devils, and necromancers.

Studio Arts Workshop

Photo 101: Exposures and Histograms

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Beginning photographers learn how to use histograms, a graphic display of the brightness levels of pixels in an image—and an essential guide to achieving the correct exposure.  

Lecture/Seminar

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: Enduring Lessons from Ancient Classics

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Homer’s masterpieces the Iliad and Odyssey helped the ancient Greeks understand, through oral recitation, the tribulations of their world. Joseph Luzzi, a professor of comparative literature at Bard College, explores the idea that we can also use these epics to make sense of some of the greatest cultural, political, and social problems we face today.

Lecture/Seminar

Is God a Mathematician?

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

From ancient times to the present scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline as mathematics, which appears to have been a product of human thought, could so perfectly explain the natural world. In a fascinating presentation, astrophysicist Mario Livio explores why mathematics is a powerful lens through which to examine the cosmos.

Lecture/Seminar

World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Author and long-time intelligence officer Nicholas Reynolds draws on his new book Need to Know to survey the full story of the birth of American intelligence in the 1940s, as well as the larger-than-life leaders and spies who would shape espionage during wartime and beyond.

Lecture/Seminar

A Night in NorCal: California's Iconic Wine Regions

Friday, October 14, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

The North Coast region, comprising Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino counties, produces nearly every style of wine imaginable. In a delicious exploration led by sommelier Erik Segelbaum, discover why these regions have put America on the global map as a world-class wine producer.

Lecture/Seminar

The History of France: Four More Turning Points

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

France is the product of a centuries-long evolution during which a multitude of regional societies and cultures was welded together willingly—or more often forcibly—by a succession of monarchs, ministers, and commanders. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze examines four historical moments that marked crucial points in the emergence of France: the opening of Versailles; the invasion of Italy by King Charles VIII; the transformation of young humanist lawyer Jean Cauvin into John Calvin; and the world’s first conference to standardize measurements across the world.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Lightroom

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Adobe Lightroom is the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images, usable for both RAW and JPEG image files. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules for organizing and editing your files.

Studio Arts Course

Keeping Up the Sketchbook Habit

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Enrich your sketchbooking skill with new techniques. Learn how to map your day, get creative with colored pencil on mid-tone kraft paper, and draw one object over multiple weeks.

Studio Arts Course

Visual Journaling: Creativity Intensive

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In three intensive sessions focused on artistic experimentation, create a journal using prompts and focused practices.

Studio Arts Workshop

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drawing for the Everyday Overthinker

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Get out of your head by drawing the world around you. Through simple drawing activities, learn how to better connect with your sense of vision, recognize how your mind colors your actions and experiences, and gain practice stepping away from your thoughts.

Lecture/Seminar

Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan: A Novel Duo

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is known for her compelling storytelling that thoughtfully tackles contemporary issues. For her latest novel, she teamed up with author Jennifer Finney Boylan to create the suspenseful Mad Honey. Join them as they discuss what it was like to work together and their inspiration behind the novel.

Studio Arts Course

Beginning Drawing

Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

Course

Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Join curator Elizabeth Lay as she hosts an image-rich series on decorative arts and design topics with guests. In this fall lunchtime program, Lay's guest is period jewelry specialist Sheila Smithie, who offers insights into the creation of stunning, classically inspired pieces from Europe’s fabled 19th-century Revival jewelers.

Studio Arts Course

Artful Mind, Tranquil Mind

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

In an artist-led series designed to provide a tranquil mid-day break, create small but satisfying works of art as a way to hit “pause” and incorporate a bit of creativity into your at-home routines.

Studio Arts Course

Curating a Life: Art as Memoir

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Keep a visual-thinking journal and learn to see like an artist and create personally meaningful works of art in terms of form, theme, and context. Use text, images, and newly developed visual thinking skills to create a “memoir museum”—a handmade map that traces where you’ve been in your life and where you have yet to explore.

Studio Arts Course

Continued Watercolor

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

A continued study of watercolor techniques provides the opportunity for greater individual experimentation and expression. Go beyond the basics of paint application, constructing strong, vibrant, personality-filled paintings.

Studio Arts Course

Kitchen Table Collage

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Explore creating unique mixed-media artworks by using food and plant-based items, recycled materials, and household tools and implements to fashion colors, make stencils, and add textures.

Lecture/Seminar

The Life and Times of Norman Cousins: A Peacemaker in the Atomic Age

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Best remembered as the longtime editor of the influential weekly magazine Saturday Review, Norman Cousins was also engaged in secret missions behind the Iron Curtain to conduct high-stakes negotiations directly with the Soviet leadership during the decades after WWII. Historian Allen Pietrobon discusses his enormous impact on the course of American public debate, international humanitarianism, and Cold-War diplomacy.

Studio Arts Course

Beginning Drawing

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for a series of five online workshops that explore essential elements of writing and styles through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative response to prompts. This writing session is inspired by Scherezade García’s Day Dreaming/Soñando despierta.

Course

More Stories from the American Songbook

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

For decades we’ve danced, romanced, and dreamed to songs like “As Time Goes By,” “Night and Day,” and other enduring gems. In an afternoon series, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how some of our favorite songs came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something brand new, yet still the same. This session spotlights the following songs: "As Time Goes By" and "These Foolish Things."

Lecture/Seminar

Shakespeare and Company: The Bookshop That Shaped the Lost Generation

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

In 1919, an American woman named Sylvia Beach opened Shakespeare and Company, an English-language bookshop and lending library on the Left Bank of Paris. In the decades that followed, it became the heart of a community of writers and artists now known as the Lost Generation. Joshua Kotin, an associate professor of English at Princeton University, draws on a treasury of Beach’s personal and business records to create a vivid portrait of a period and place that changed literary history.

Lecture/Seminar

Zingerman's Deli Turns 40

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

The iconic Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Michigan, opened in 1982 as a traditional Jewish deli and food shop that sold great stacked sandwiches and delicious baked goods. Less known is its role in building new food-business opportunities for others in the area. Co-founder Ari Weinzweig joins Christopher W. Wilson, director of experience design at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, to discuss Zingerman’s story and unique approach to management and leadership.

Lecture/Seminar

The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

In a career spanning 5 decades, film director Alfred Hitchcock made 54 films, including such classics as The 39 Steps, Rebecca, Notorious, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Psycho. Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, looks at Hitchcock’s achievements as the Master of Suspense and through dozens of film clips, examines his extraordinary creativity as one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers.

Studio Arts Course

Written in Fabric: Memory Messages Through Quilts

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Create your own memory block through writing prompts, mindfulness practices, and design and color principles for fiber artists. Learn techniques from hand piecing and machine and hand appliqué, to creating text using needle and thread.

Studio Arts Course

Slow Shutter-Speed Photography

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Slow things down as you learn to capture movement and low light scenes with longer shutter speeds. Topics covered include panning, zoom effect, intentional camera movement, tripods, drive modes, neutral density filters and the camera settings required to take slow shutter-speed photos in bright light, low light, twilight, and night.

Lecture/Seminar

The Art of John Singer Sargent: Virtuosic Portraits, Seductive Dancers, Luscious Landscapes

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Famed for his opulent portraits of members of Gilded-Age society, John Singer Sargent was prolific, versatile, and sometimes controversial. Art historian Nancy G. Heller discusses Sargent’s colorful life and examines his most important works, including a selection of drawings and paintings to be featured in the National Gallery of Art’s upcoming exhibition Sargent in Spain. She also considers his place within the broader scope of Western art history and discusses what new scholarship reveals about his life and work. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

The Spanish Civil War: A Rehearsal for WWII

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Between July 1936 and April 1939, Spain suffered a bloody civil war as a coalition of Nationalists under Generalissimo Francisco Franco staged an insurrection against the Second Spanish Republic. But the Spanish Civil War had a significance far beyond the Iberian peninsula: It revealed antecedents of the massive global conflict to come. Christopher Hamner, a professor of history at George Mason University, explores the war and its impact on the world.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Watercolor

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Studio Arts Course

Techniques in Modernist Painting

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Experiment with a variety of painting styles such as cubism, suprematism, and abstract expressionism to learn practical applications of the concepts and techniques of modernism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

The Stories Behind English Spelling: An Awesome Mess

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

What’s behind the spelling of colonel? Or knight? Why is it four but also forty? Linguist Anne Curzan discusses why an examination of the ever-evolving language whose spelling has been described as “an awesome mess” reveals a treasure trove of wild and wonderful stories about its history and the people who have spoken it (and grappled with its quirks) across the centuries.

Studio Arts Course

Mastering Exposure

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take your skills beyond auto mode as you explore a myriad of your digital camera’s exposure options and features in this course designed for intermediate photographers.

Course

Reading Faulkner: Chronicler of the Deep South in Literature

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Mississippi-born William Faulkner stands as one of the greatest, and one of the most problematic, figures in American literature. Michael Gorra, professor of English language and literature at Smith College and author of The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War, focuses on three of Faulkner’s greatest novels to uncover the complexities behind the man and the writer.

Lecture/Seminar

The Geologic Past of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Who knew that beneath our feet is evidence of magma chambers, giant sharks, Himalayan-sized mountains, and the breakup of several supercontinents? Geologist Callan Bentley leads a fascinating exploration of the Mid-Atlantic region that explores an extraordinary history spanning more than a billion years of geologic time.

Studio Arts Course

Build a Tiny Interior

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In this mixed-media challenge, imagine your dream home, then bring its tiny interior to life using papier-maché, acrylics, and other techniques.

Lecture/Seminar

Cultural Heritage Sites of China

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

From the grand splendor of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace to the serene beauty of the gardens of Suzhou and the grand tombs of Ming and Qing dynasty rulers, spend a day with art historian Robert DeCaroli as he introduces spectacular places in China that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Quick-Sketch Watercolors: A European Tour

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Capture your virtual travels, from hilltop villages to the sea, drawing and painting a variety of scenes using loose lines and painterly colors.

Studio Arts Course

iPhone Photography II

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Take your iPhone camera skills to another level in a two-day workshop that focuses on the ProCamera app and editing techniques; organizing, printing, and posting your photos; and a critique session on images.

Lecture/Seminar

What We Don’t Know About Dinosaurs

Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

In just the past twenty years, we have learned more about dinosaurs than we did in the previous two centuries. Paleontologist David Hone discusses the extraordinary advances beginning to solve many of the mysteries surrounding these marvelous prehistoric creatures, considers the gaps in our knowledge that remain, and charts new directions for tomorrow’s generation of dinosaur scientists.

Program

Steve Case Drives Them To Succeed

Monday, October 24, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Entrepreneur Steve Case recognized that jobs and opportunity spurred by technology were concentrated in a select few coastal cities. In response, he launched Rise of the Rest, a nationwide platform to back and spotlight innovative startups outside of Silicon Valley. Join Case, in conversation with Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, as he shares some of the success stories of these startup communities, all leveraging regional strengths and betting on the future of innovation beyond the country’s usual tech hubs.

Studio Arts Course

The Joy of Photography

Monday, October 24, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or mirrorless camera as a creative tool, students will gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Lecture/Seminar

The ENIAC Programmers: The Women Behind the First Modern Computer

Monday, October 24, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

After the end of World War II, six pioneering women were assigned to program the new Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer—for which there were no instructional codes or programming languages to guide them. They succeeded, but their story was never told to the public. Author and documentary filmmaker Kathy Kleiman brings it—and these technological revolutionaries—out of the shadows.

Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for a series of five online workshops that explore essential elements of writing and styles through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative response to prompts. This writing session is inspired by Emma Amos’s Winning.

Course

Medieval History Through Artists’ Eyes

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Dazzling early Christian mosaics, sumptuous Carolingian illuminated manuscripts, sculpted Romanesque church facades, and soaring Gothic cathedrals give artistic expression to an astonishing variety of beliefs and practices linked by a vision of leading the human spirit toward eternal life. Art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the art of the thousand-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance and its relationship to a diverse society infused with faith and spirituality. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Mosaics for Beginners

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Weekly lectures, demonstrations, and work-a-long periods provide a solid creative and technical foundation to working with mosaics. Select from 8 unique patterns designed by the instructor with the option to work either in glass tiles or unglazed porcelain.

Studio Arts Course

Tapestry Weaving

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Develop skills in a range of weaving techniques as you design and create a one-of-a kind miniature tapestry on a small-frame loom.

Lecture/Seminar

500 Years of Anne Boleyn: The Woman Who Changed England’s History

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Ever since her life and death in the 16th century, historians and cultural representations have portrayed Anne Boleyn as a devout religious reformer, a blindly ambitious social climber, a heartless homewrecker, and everything in between. In a year that marks the 500th anniversary of Anne’s debut in the court of Henry VIII, Tudor scholar and historian Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger explores the story of the real woman, which is often lost.

Studio Arts Course

The Flash Class

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Lighting can make or break your work as a digital photographer. Learn the tech tips that will make your flash one of your most effective creative tools.

Lecture/Seminar

Confucianism and Daoism

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Confucianism and Daoism (Taoism), the two major indigenous religions of China, present worldviews that contrast not only with Western thought, but with each other. Charles Jones, a professor of religion and culture at Catholic University of America, explores the basic teachings of the two traditions and their strategies for coexistence throughout Chinese history.

Lecture/Seminar

The Exquisite Machine: The New Science of the Heart

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Sian Harding, a world leader in cardiac research, surveys the explosion of scientific developments that are now opening the mysteries of the heart. She also examines how cutting-edge technologies are enabling experiments and clinical trials that will lead to new solutions to curing the world’s leading cause of death: heart disease.

Course

Dances of the World With PBS’s Mickela Mallozzi

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In a globe-trotting series, Mickela Mallozzi, the executive producer and host of the popular PBS series “Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi,” explores the history and evolution of dances from three distinctive regions and their role in linking communities and generations. This session showcases dances from Ireland.

Lecture/Seminar

Ghostly Images in Japanese Art

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Female ghosts have been an enduring theme in the history of Japanese art, touching people’s deepest fears, curiosities, and imaginations. Yui Suzuki, an art historian specializing in Japanese religious art, explores the popularity and proliferation of these spectral images that haunt the art of the Edo period. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Lightroom Tune-up

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

This fully hands-on and interactive class is designed for those who have already had a structured introduction to Lightroom and are familiar with the Library and Develop modules.

Studio Arts Course

Abstract Embroidery

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Learn to apply the principles of abstract art to making embroidery. Develop a free-flowing approach to embroidery that emphasizes form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition, and process.

Studio Arts Workshop

Color Theory and Chroma-psychology Workshop

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to make color choices in your art to bring out a reaction from the viewer. Create combinations with colored pencils that illustrate how color theory works.

Lecture/Seminar

Lerner and Loewe: Musical Champagne

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

We’ve grown accustomed to their music. In temperament and background, lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe were wildly dissimilar, but their often-tempestuous relationship produced brilliantly crafted musicals rich with enduring songs. Pianist and American music specialist Robert Wyatt offers a sparkling toast to the team behind Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, and Camelot.

Lecture/Seminar

The Acadian Diaspora

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Late in 1755, an army of British regulars and Massachusetts volunteers launched one of the most ambitious and cruel military campaigns in North American history: the capture and exile of Nova Scotia’s French-speaking Catholic settlers known as Acadians. Historian Christopher Hodson of Brigham Young University explores the Acadian diaspora, interweaving the dramatic stories of its perpetrators and survivors with the wider history of 18th-century imperial conflict. 

Studio Arts Course

Watercolor Portrait: A 3/4 View

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Learn to paint a watercolor portrait with a 3/4 view while discovering how to mix skin tones, and use layered values and blending to capture the forms and curves of the face.

Lecture/Seminar

Deconstructing Frank Gehry

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

The work of architect Frank Gehry is fascinating, imaginative, unexpected, and always fresh—as well as controversial, often-derided, and at times seen as the antithesis of good architecture. In a richly detailed program, Bill Keene, a lecturer in urban studies and architecture, examines Gehry’s life and career from his earliest buildings to works in progress. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Home Is Where the Art Is: Connecting Creativity and Place

Friday, October 28, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ET

Did the houses, gardens, and locations where Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Philip Johnson, and other leading creators lived directly influence their work? Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton surveys the private residences—and private lives—of painters, sculptors, and architects to explore this artistic connection. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Dining on the Rails: A Moveable Feast

Friday, October 28, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Hungry railroad passengers prior to the Civil War had meager choices for meals. But once George Pullman’s dining cars came on the scene in the late 19th century, a bountiful new era of service began that often rivaled fine restaurants and hotel dining rooms. Railroad historian Joe Nevin traces the colorful evolution of dining on the rails between the beginning of commercial service in 1830 and the advent of Amtrak using examples from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, an Eastern pioneer of onboard services.

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Supernatural Classics Concert: Tales for Halloween

Friday, October 28, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: Just in time for Halloween, enjoy a thrills- and chills-packed lecture-recital from the chamber music ensemble SONOS, featuring pianist Rachel Franklin, violinist Christian Tremblay and bass player Jonathan Miles Brown. Players explore what constitutes “scary” music, trace the haunting influence of literary and historic sources on the Gothic, and take a playful look at the eternal fascination musicians have for the supernatural.

Studio Arts Workshop

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drawing for the Everyday Overthinker

Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Get out of your head by drawing the world around you. Through simple drawing activities, learn how to better connect with your sense of vision, recognize how your mind colors your actions and experiences, and gain practice stepping away from your thoughts.

Studio Arts Course

Composition

Monday, October 31, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

This course examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Creativity Seminar

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Students in any studio art practice can spark the next step of their creative growth in this unique ideas-focused seminar. Exchange ideas, build confidence, give and receive feedback, and deal with common issues such as procrastination, creative blocks, flow, problem solving, and finishing.

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More Stories from the American Songbook

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

For decades we’ve danced, romanced, and dreamed to songs like “As Time Goes By,” “Night and Day,” and other enduring gems. In an afternoon series, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how some of our favorite songs came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something brand new, yet still the same. This session spotlights the following songs: "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "Mack the Knife."

Studio Arts Course

Sumi-e Watercolor for Beginners 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Working with watercolor, employ beautiful and minimal brush strokes to depict the wonders of the natural world in the style of Sumi-e, meant to convey the Ch’i or vital energy of what it depicts.

Lecture/Seminar

The Revolutionary Samuel Adams

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: Thomas Jefferson once asserted that "for depth of purpose, zeal, and sagacity, no man in Congress exceeded, if any equaled, Sam Adams." But in spite of his celebrated status among America's Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams' life and achievements have been largely overshadowed in the history books. In a spirited conversation educator, author, and speaker Rebecca Boggs Roberts, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff examines this often-overlooked founder.

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Giacomo Puccini: Master of Operatic Lyricism

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Rarely absent from the opera stages of the world, La bohème, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and Turandot are treasured for their powerfully expressive music and poignant depictions of human emotions. Musicologist Daniel E. Freeman surveys Puccini’s four most popular operas with an emphasis on the ways in which they reflect the composer’s approach to musical setting and character development.

Lecture/Seminar

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville wrote Democracy in America, his seminal assessment of both the American experiment and the future of democracy after a visit to this country in 1831. Georgetown professor and political theorist Joseph Hartman considers the way in which Tocqueville thought through democracy and its problems and what Tocqueville means for us today.

Studio Arts Course

Taking Better Photos

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn to develop your photographic vision and take better photos by learning a more deliberate approach to composition, balance, lighting conditions, and ”keeping it simple.”

Lecture/Seminar

Kardea Brown: Celebrating Gullah Geechee Culinary Traditions

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

For Kardea Brown (the Food Network’s “Delicious Miss Brown”), the West African– influenced Gullah cuisine of the South Carolina and Georgia low country has been a lifelong passion. Join her as she offers recipes, memories, and cherished family anecdotes from her first cookbook, The Way Home, which shares her multi-generational “passed down” recipes and innovative takes on Gullah classics with home cooks.

Lecture/Seminar

The 1920s: Welcome to the New World

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: In the 1920s, a decade of economic prosperity and cultural dynamism, Americans were dancing faster, driving faster, and living faster. Lecturer Stef Woods explores the explosion of new directions the period brought, from the jazz craze to the writers of the Lost Generation to Prohibition. She also considers what comparisons might be drawn between that still-resonant era and today’s ’20s.

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Dances of the World With PBS’s Mickela Mallozzi

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In a globe-trotting series, Mickela Mallozzi, the executive producer and host of the popular PBS series “Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi,” explores the history and evolution of dances from three distinctive regions and their role in linking communities and generations. This session showcases dances from the Caribbean.

Studio Arts Course

Palestinian Embroidery, Storytelling, and Resilience: History Through Textile Art

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Palestinian embroidery, or tatreez, is centuries-old textile art traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea. Explore the history and evolution of traditional costuming, the transformation of the art form, and the preservation and study of Palestinian embroidery today.

Lecture/Seminar

From Streaming TV to the Oscars: How Netflix Disrupted the Entertainment Industry

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

From its start as a DVD-by-mail rental service, Netflix has systematically changed the rules of the media business. Media expert Brian Rose explores how Netflix is primed to become the dominant source of leisure time entertainment throughout the world.

Studio Arts Course

Animal Portraits in Colored Pencil

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Try your hand at animal portraiture, whether done in a realistic or slightly abstract style, while learning the proper use of the colored pencil medium.

Lecture/Seminar

The Great Fire of 1666: Restoration London’s Fall and Rise

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

The Great Fire destroyed all of mercantile and much of residential London in just four days. Historian Robert Bucholz looks at how London came back stronger thanks to the vision proposed by Robert Hooke, Sir Christopher Wren, and other city designers.

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Night and the Cities: Film Noir’s Suspense-Driven World

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

A police detective down on his luck. A beautiful woman with a shady past. Dead bodies in dark corridors and dim light seeping through Venetian blinds. This is film noir: a world of chain-smoking deceivers, drifters, loners, con artists and killers—all double-dealing their way toward an uncertain and possibly fatal future. Film historian and author Max Alvarez examines the origins and achievements of the brilliant actors, directors, writers, and craftspeople behind this remarkably enduring genre.

Lecture/Seminar

The Sounds of Life: Technology Unlocks Nature’s Hidden Realm

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Technology often distracts us from nature, but what if it could reconnect us instead? The natural world teems with remarkable conversations, many beyond human hearing range. Karen Bakker of the University of British Columbia reveals how scientists are using groundbreaking digital technologies to uncover these astonishing sounds, revealing vibrant communication among our fellow creatures.

Lecture/Seminar

Herman Melville's Arrowhead: The Birthplace of Moby Dick

Friday, November 4, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

From 1850 through 1863, Herman Melville and his family made their home at Arrowhead, an unassuming yellow farmhouse on the western border of Massachusetts. Veteran Arrowhead tour guide John Dickson and Executive Director Lesley Herzberg lead an enlightening program that explores how Melville used the inspiration of the house and its surrounding landscape to write Moby Dick and other well-known novels and stories.

Lecture/Seminar

Nude: The Unclothed Form in Western Art

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

From depictions of divinities to ordinary people, idealized images to the unflinchingly realistic, Western artists have long turned to the nude human form as subject. Drawing on works from Michelangelo to Judy Chicago to Faith Ringgold, art historian Nancy G. Heller surveys the genre, including its power to provoke controversy, how female and male bodies are represented, and the enduring question, “What’s the difference between naked and nude?” (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this workshop, which provides a solid introduction to these cameras’ features and potential.

Studio Arts Course

Surrealism: Hands-On History of Photography

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Create your very own surrealist collage as part of the experience. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Workshop

Holiday Card Workshop: Timeless Tidings 

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

This year, send friends and family bespoke holiday cards. From the decorated envelope to the personalized sentiment, paper crafter Karen Cadogan shares tips and demonstrates techniques for creating simply elegant, unique cards that will become a keepsake long after the season ends. 

Lecture/Seminar

The Holding Bowl: A Reflective Writing Workshop

Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Discover the power of reflective writing guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface. Inspired by contemporary works by American artist Margaret Boozer and poet Jane Hirshfield, explore the bowl as a metaphor for our lives and the world.

Studio Arts Course

Newsprint Collage Workshop  

Monday, November 7, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Making art can be a wonderful way to escape from everyday life. It can be a useful tool in understanding current events. Work with newspapers, magazines, and mixed-media techniques to create a visual representation of the news through collage—and a uniquely personal artwork.

Lecture/Seminar

The Long Road to German Unification

Monday, November 7, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

The narrative of how a loose confederation of more than 1000 German states evolved into a powerful nation is a tale of intrigue, wars, class struggles, and economic turbulence. Historian Ralph Nurnberger provides an overview of the events and the fascinating figures that helped unite Germany in 1871 and propel it into a position of power within Central Europe.

Lecture/Seminar

Christopher Kimball: Cook What You Have

Monday, November 7, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Not only is cooking with the ingredients you already have in your kitchen delicious and more economical, it makes meal planning easy. Christopher Kimball serves up plenty of tips from the new cookbook Milk Street: Cook What You Have that bring new life to easy-to-find staples like canned tomatoes, pasta, and chicken breasts—and that can transform mealtime from stressful to simple

Studio Arts Course

Drawing Light…and How the Masters Did It - In Color 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Using watercolor and oil pastels, learn the strategies Delacroix, Turner, Monet, and Cézanne employed to harness light in their images. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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The History and Future of the Shopping Mall

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Consumers flocked to modern shopping malls when they were introduced soon after World War II and this new way of shopping came to quickly dominate the retail scene. In later years, though, the mall’s demise was equally as rapid and dramatic. In a two-part series, Bill Keene, a lecturer on architecture and urban studies, looks at the social and economic reasons that drew us to the mall, why we left, and what its future might hold.

Lecture/Seminar

A Native History of the American Revolution

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

The American Revolution was one in which Natives fought and died in great numbers and permanently reshaped the balance of power between Europeans and Native Americans on this continent. Historian Richard Bell surveys the Revolutionary War in Native America, with a focus on Molly Brant, an Iroquois woman who emerged as the long, bitter period’s most important military and cultural broker.

Lecture/Seminar

Conversations Behind the Kitchen Door with Emmanuel Laroche and Chef Jose Garces

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

On his “flavors unknown” podcast, Emmanuel Laroche has interviewed some of the most acclaimed chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists, and emerging culinary leaders in America. His new book, Conversations Behind the Kitchen Door, distills them into an insightful look at how today’s food culture is defined and its course for the future. In a conversation with acclaimed chef Jose Garces, Laroche discusses what he’s learned from these interviews, along with advice and inspiration from their subjects.

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Dances of the World With PBS’s Mickela Mallozzi

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In a globe-trotting series, Mickela Mallozzi, the executive producer and host of the popular PBS series “Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi,” explores the history and evolution of dances from three distinctive regions and their role in linking communities and generations. This session showcases dances from the Silk Road.

Lecture/Seminar

Contemporary Artists: Who Will We Remember?

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

As the world shrinks and the art market becomes increasingly global, it’s harder to identify the artists who will likely be in museum collections or remembered for years to come. Art critic and adviser Judy Pomeranz shares insights about several contemporary artists she feels are doing critically acclaimed—and market-recognized—work that stands apart from the crowd.

Lecture/Seminar

Searching for the Known and Unknown Poland: A Virtual Journey

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

For more than 1,000 years, Poland has stood at the center of central Europe and its historical, cultural, political, and intellectual currents. In an exploration of how Poland evolved and survived throughout its long, rich history, author and tour guide Christopher Skutela, leads a journey to find Poland’s architectural, artistic, and historical treasures within its main cities as well as those found in lesser-known cities and towns.

Lecture/Seminar

The Legacy of the Gettysburg Address

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

While Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address lasted scarcely two minutes, it had a lasting impact on world history and his enduring legacy as people through the ages have looked to his words for inspiration. During this centennial year of the Lincoln Memorial, author and journalist Chuck Raasch explores the history of this iconic address that surprised onlookers and was ridiculed by the press—yet remains one of the greatest speeches ever given.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to iPhone Photography

Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to use a well-designed secondary camera app to assist iPhone cameras in creating and capturing more sophisticated images.

Course

Piano Concertos: Front and Center!

Monday, November 14, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

A superb concerto performance is one of the great emotional highs of the concert experience. But how did this singularly theatrical art form evolve, and why does it remain as treasured as ever with audiences? In a 4-session course, popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin uses live piano demonstrations and historic and contemporary film clips to explore the birth of the solo concerto, glory in its great masterpieces, and consider its role in more modern times.

Studio Arts Course

Dissecting Design with Abstract Collage

Monday, November 14, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Learn to identify the elements of composition, and how to apply and expand design concepts in individual pieces. 

Lecture/Seminar

Temple Grandin on Visual Thinking

Monday, November 14, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

If you have a keen sense of direction, a love of puzzles, and the ability to assemble furniture without crying, you’re likely a visual thinker. Temple Grandin—a visual thinker herself—offers insights into how a world increasingly geared to the verbal tends to sideline visual thinkers and how new approaches to education, employment, and collaboration can make the most of their singular gifts.

Lecture/Seminar

Ashoka and the Maurya Empire

Monday, November 14, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In 250 B.C. the Maurya Empire was the wealthiest and largest in the world, extending across Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and most of the Indian subcontinent. It reached its apogee under the rule of Ashoka, a notable emperor. Independent scholar Colleen Taylor Sen traces the rise of the Maurya Empire from its roots in the Indus Valley; considers Ashoka’s role in ancient Indian political and religious history; and examines what the legacy of this empire means for the region today.

Lecture/Seminar

Bison: Portrait of an Icon

Monday, November 14, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Writer Audrey Hall and photographer Chase Reynolds Ewald have been following in the hoofprints of the American bison since their first childhood visits to Yellowstone National Park. They draw on their book, Bison: Portrait of an Icon, to tell the story of the species, highlighting its history, cultural significance, near decimation and remarkable comeback, and share some surprising tidbits about these all-American beasts.

Course

Favorite Movies: Glamour, Mystery, Corruption, and Unexpected Love

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Our favorite moments in films never leave us. In a fall series, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson revisits more of our favorite movies and characters, the people who dreamed them up, and the lasting memories they made in our lives and our myths. This session showcases these films: Chinatown and LA Confidential.

Lecture/Seminar

The Future of the Constitution

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Is an 18th-century document still the right blueprint for the most powerful country in the world at a time of breathtaking social and technological change? Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson surveys the changing place of the Constitution in U.S. history and considers the proposals for constitutional change that are getting increased attention as America moves into greater and greater paralysis.

Lecture/Seminar

Back to the Moon: The Next Giant Leap for Humankind

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Just over half a century since Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the lunar surface, a new space race to the Moon is well underway and rapidly gaining momentum. Astrophysicist Joseph Silk addresses both the challenges and the promise of lunar exploration and exploitation, emphasizing how prioritizing science, in particular lunar astronomy, will enable us to address the deepest cosmic mysteries and discover unimagined opportunities.

Studio Arts Workshop

Color Theory and Chroma-psychology Workshop

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to make color choices in your art to bring out a reaction from the viewer. Create combinations with colored pencils that illustrate how color theory works.

Lecture/Seminar

It’s Possible To Be Sick as a Dog: Linking Human and Animal Health

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Drawing on the latest in medical and veterinary science, cardiologist and evolutionary biologist B. Natterson-Horowitz explores how understanding physical and mental illness in animals has the potential to make us physically and mentally healthier humans.

Lecture/Seminar

The Irrepressible Rosa Bonheur: The 19th Century’s Most Famous Woman Artist

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

An international celebrity during her lifetime, the reputation of prolific French animal painter Rosa Bonheur (1822–1899) faded  as the 20th century turned toward new art forms. In the 200th anniversary year of Bonheur’s birth, historian Nancy G. Heller celebrates her boldly unconventional personality and the achievements of a significant artistic career. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Gloriana: Elizabeth I and the Art of Queenship

Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Art and fashion were strategic propaganda devices that reinforced the magnificence—and power—of Elizabeth I as a virgin goddess. Lecturer Siobhan Clarke surveys the cult of Gloriana and the glittering jewels, opulent gowns, and royal portraits that shaped the image of England’s queen in her own time and throughout history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

The Renaissance Artist at Work

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Day-to-day artistic workshop practices are often a neglected aspect of Renaissance studies. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo sheds a fascinating light on the subject as she explores how painters learned their craft, the organization of their workshops, the guilds they belonged to, their relationships with customers and patrons, and where and how their work was displayed. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Workshop

When Good Patterns Go Bad: Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Tangled up in a knitting problem? From dropped stitches to difficult pattern instructions to twisted stitches and more, learn a protocol to follow when you’re stuck on a project.

Lecture/Seminar

Misty Copeland: Honoring a Trailblazing Black Ballerina

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: Misty Copeland made history as the first African American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre, an achievement in which another trailblazing Black ballerina—her mentor, the late Raven Wilkinson—played a key role. Drawing on her new book, The Wind at My Back, Copeland tells the story of two unapologetically Black ballerinas, their friendship, and how they changed each other—and the dance world—forever. online options.

Lecture/Seminar

Spanish Wines: They Belong on Your Vinous Radar Now!

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Sommelier Erik Segelbaum guides you through a Spanish immersion as you sip like Don Quixote on the wines of Catilla-La Mancha, discover what makes Rioja so special, and be surprised and delighted with the diversity and deliciousness of Spanish wine.

Lecture/Seminar

Death and Beyond: Comparative Reflections on World Religious Traditions

Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Issues of death, dying, and the meaning of life—and the afterlife—hold key places in the belief systems of the major religious traditions of the world. Graham M. Schweig, a professor of philosophy and religions at Christopher Newport University and Graduate Theological Union, surveys differing visions of these themes from a variety of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives.

Studio Arts Course

Crepe Paper Flowers: Poinsettias

Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Create colorful poinsettias as you learn floral papercraft techniques. At the workshop’s end, leave with the ability to complete two realistic poinsettia shrubs.

Studio Arts Workshop

Jewelry Workshop: Open Studio 

Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Are you unsure of how to start your next jewelry project? This workshop will help to build your confidence in your jewelry-making skills.

Studio Arts Workshop

Wirework Workshop: The Abacus Pendant 

Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Creating a unique bead-and-wire pendant is as easy as 1-2-3! The workshop is recommended for wire-workers of all levels.

Studio Arts Workshop

Orchids for the Holidays

Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Take a break from the stress of the season to enjoy an entertaining and informative afternoon with an orchid expert and come away with an elegant orchid centerpiece.

Lecture/Seminar

How To Find an Owl in Your Neighborhood

Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

There’s likely a cunning top-of-the-food-chain predator living close by you: the Great Horned Owl. Join naturalist  Mark H.X. Glenshaw to learn how to find these amazing and beautiful animals and other owls in your own neighborhood.

Lecture/Seminar

Lost Civilizations: Nubia

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Nubia, the often-overlooked southern neighbor of Egypt, has been home to groups of vibrant and adaptive peoples for millennia. Sarah M. Schellinger of Ohio State University explores the Nubians’ religious, social, economic, and cultural histories through their archaeological and textual remains, reminding us that they were a rich and dynamic civilization in their own right.

Studio Arts Course

Studies in Textiles: The Fold

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Take your textile practice to the next level. Explore 3D-fabric techniques including pleating, smocking, and origami—then, create your own innovative and experimental samples.

Studio Arts Course

Let’s Tell Our Tales: Personal Storybooks

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Tell your story as you fill three unique handmade books with original art and writing. Each book presents an opportunity to work with different techniques and media.

Lecture/Seminar

The Year of the Puppy

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Noted dog researcher and author Alexandra Horowitz spent a year scrutinizing the daily existence of her new puppy Quiddity and poring over the science of early dog development—an experience recounted in her newest book, The Year of the Puppy. Horowitz draws on it in a conversation with science journalist Ed Yong in which she dives into the most important and challenging phases for dog owners: the first year with a puppy.

Course

Favorite Movies: Glamour, Mystery, Corruption, and Unexpected Love

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Our favorite moments in films never leave us. In a fall series, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson revisits more of our favorite movies and characters, the people who dreamed them up, and the lasting memories they made in our lives and our myths. This session showcases these films: Broadcast News and Network.

Studio Arts Course

Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch in Watercolors 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Inspired by images of the desert landscape immortalized by painter Georgia O'Keeffe, students capture the colors and shapes of this magical place in their own watercolor painting.

Lecture/Seminar

Lost Civilizations: The Maya

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Megan E. O’Neil, assistant professor of art history and museum curator at Emory University, delves into ancient Maya art and architecture, primarily from the Late Classic period (600–900). She also explores how people from the 16th century to the present have perceived, portrayed, and exploited Maya art and culture.

Course

Enduring Themes in Western Art (Part III)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Art historian Joseph Cassar examines important masterworks within selected genres and offers a new way to understand and appreciate the cultural norms that influenced artists’ choices. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Studio Arts Workshop

Modern Evergreen Wreath

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Just in time for the holidays, create a modern wreath design with fresh evergreens on a metal hoop.  Using a method similar to floral arrangement, combine local textures, shapes, and colors in your design.

Studio Arts Course

Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

Studio Arts Course

Macro Photography

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take a much closer look at your photographic subjects through the art of macro photography. Get an introduction to the technique’s aesthetics and design, as well technical tips on lenses, close-up focusing distance, depth of field, tripod use, lighting, and other key elements.

Lecture/Seminar

The Many Lives of Joan of Arc

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Why does the story of Joan of Arc’s short life continue to live on in our history? Kevin J. Harty, medievalist and popular-culture scholar, examines the many facets and complexities of her life and legend in a fascinating program highlighted by examples of works of art, music, literature, advertisements, and film and television inspired by the Maid of Orléans.

Lecture/Seminar

The Civil War in the Desert Southwest

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Drawing on material from her book The Three-Cornered War  (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2021), Megan Kate Nelson examines why and how the desert Southwest—New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California—became an important site of conflict among U.S. soldiers, Confederate Texans, and Indigenous peoples during the American Civil War.

Lecture/Seminar

Healing a Divided Nation: How the American Civil War Revolutionized Western Medicine

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Unprecedented strides were made in the science of medicine during the Civil War, laying the foundations for the system we know today. Drawing on her book Healing a Divided Nation, author and documentary filmmaker Carole Adrienne tracks this remarkable transformation in its cultural and historical context, illustrating how the rapid advancements made in these four years reverberated throughout the western world for years to come.

Lecture/Seminar

Maria Sibylla Merian: A Biologist to the Bone

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

The aesthetic appeal of the images created by Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647–1717) has led history to label her as an artist who painted and etched natural history subjects. Kay Etheridge, a professor emeritus of biology at Gettysburg College, draws on Merian’s own words and art to reveal she was as passionate a naturalist (biologist in modern terms) as Charles Darwin or Carl Linnaeus.

Lecture/Seminar

Quintessential Québec City

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Québec City is the only walled metropolis north of Mexico, but there are many other distinctions that make it a must-visit place for visitors in search of history, great eating, and a uniquely European atmosphere. Emmy Award–nominated PBS television host Darley Newman is ready to tell you why you should make the trip.

Lecture/Seminar

Along the C&O Canal

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal covers over 20,000 acres along the Potomac and is one of the nation’s most diverse national parks in terms of both natural species and historical significance. Aidan Barnes of the C&O Canal Trust surveys its colorful history, near demise and rescue, and its emergence as a true national treasure.

Lecture/Seminar

Michelangelo's Women

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Michelangelo’s artistic audacity extended far beyond his heroic men to encompass an amazing cohort of authoritative, prophetic, nurturing, and active women. Art historian Elizabeth Lev looks at Michelangelo’s life and work to reveal how the Florentine master turned the tables on old tropes and stereotypes in his portrayals of women in daring, innovative, and empowering imagery. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Workshop

Natural Milkweed Floss Ornament

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn to transform a milkweed pod and its floss into a whimsical nesting swan that will add a touch of nature to your holiday décor.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Lightroom

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Adobe Lightroom is the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images, usable for both RAW and JPEG image files. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules for organizing and editing your files.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to iPhone Videography

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Learn the basics of filmmaking from pre-production to shooting to post-production, working with your iPhone. Each participant creates a short video to share with the class.

Studio Arts Workshop

Introduction to White-Line Woodblock Printing

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

White-line woodcuts are multicolor images printed from a single block of wood. Learn to create your own by cutting a nature print or simple line drawing into a single wood block with a knife or gouge, creating the “white lines” when printed.

Lecture/Seminar

Europe 1900: The Golden Ages of Vienna, Paris, London

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

The year 1900 found three of Europe’s greatest cities entering defining eras in their historical and cultural development. In a richly illustrated seminar, lecturer George Scheper explores how the alignment of creative forces shaped three highly distinctive urban milieus—each nourished by the energy and excitement of new ideas and each witnessing the birth of modernism in the coming century.

Lecture/Seminar

The Jacobites’ Legacy: From Bonnie Prince Charlie to Outlander

Monday, December 5, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Historian Jennifer Paxton examines how a dispute between rival branches of the English royal dynasty dominated English and European politics for nearly a century and has inspired popular culture on both sides of the Atlantic, from the novels of Sir Walter Scott in the 19th century to the current Outlander novels and television series.

Lecture/Seminar

In Search of Sacred Sites

Monday, December 5, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: For the past 40 years, documentary photographer, filmmaker, and National Geographic Society Explorer Chris Rainier has been in search of the sacred and the very meaning of sacredness. Rainier shares his discoveries from that exploration as he leads a visual journey into a world of spiritual landscapes and sacred sites around the globe, combining powerful and haunting images with insights from leading authors, spiritual thinkers, indigenous elders, explorers, and religious scholars.

Lecture/Seminar

An American Ambassador in Prewar Japan: The Countdown to Pearl Harbor

Monday, December 5, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

As America’s ambassador to Japan in the decade that led up to WWII, Joseph C. Grew’s prescient warnings to American leaders about the risks of Japan’s raging nationalism and ambitious militarism were often disregarded in Washington. Author Steve Kemper examines Grew’s tenure in Japan, offering a backstage glimpse at these explosive years from vantage points including the Imperial Palace, the Japanese cabinet, and Grew’s own perspective from the American embassy in Tokyo.

Lecture/Seminar

Winter Wisdom: A Reflective Writing Workshop

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover the power of reflective writing guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface. Inspired by Claude Monet’s The Magpie and two winter poems by Mary Oliver, you’ll explore the lessons that the season offers us when we slow down, look closely, and reflect.

Lecture/Seminar

Lost Civilizations: Egypt

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

From Roman villas to Hollywood films, ancient Egypt has been a source of fascination and inspiration in many other cultures. Christina Riggs, professor of the history of visual culture at Durham University, examines its history, art, and religion to illuminate why ancient Egypt has been so influential throughout the centuries—revealing how the past has always been used to serve contemporary purposes.

Lecture/Seminar

Gulliver's Travels: A Satire Not Just for Children

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Though often regarded as a children’s book, Gulliver's Travels is filled with Jonathan Swift’s “savage indignation” at the problems in the human character and offers a witty, enchanting, and unrelenting critique of the optimism of the Enlightenment. Learn why humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson considers it a work of genius as he leads a journey into the dark recesses of the severest satirist in the English language.

Lecture/Seminar

Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

The conventional wisdom that Christmas provided enslaved African Americans in the Civil War era with a respite from labor and punishment is wrong, says historian Robert E. May. He examines how slavery’s most punitive features persisted at holiday time and how false assumptions about slave Christmases later became harnessed to cultural myths that undergirded white supremacy in the United States.

Course

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world provide fascinating glimpses into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. In a lavishly illustrated series, historian Justin M. Jacobs offers an in-depth overview of the Great Wall of China.

Lecture/Seminar

Birding in a Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Not all birds fly south for the winter: Many species find their way to homes in temperate North America. Naturalist Matt Felperin shares valuable tips on how to the make the most of winter birding in the mid-Atlantic region and why it’s one of the most rewarding and magical times for spotting seasonal visitors from ducks and geese to songbirds and raptors.

Studio Arts Workshop

Modern Evergreen Wreath

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Just in time for the holidays, create a modern wreath design with fresh evergreens on a metal hoop.  Using a method similar to floral arrangement, combine local textures, shapes, and colors in your design.

Lecture/Seminar

The Escape Artist: A Warning from Auschwitz

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

In April 1944, Rudolf Vrba became the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz, driven to reveal the truth of the death camp to the world and to warn the last Jews of Europe what fate awaited them. Though too few—including world leaders—heeded his warning, Vrba helped save 200,000 Jewish lives. Author Jonathan Freedland recounts the extraordinary story of a man he feels deserves to take his place as one of a handful of individuals whose experiences define our understanding of the Holocaust.

Studio Arts Workshop

Mini Watercolor Painting Workshop

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Students work in miniature—3 in. x 5 in. or smaller—to paint watercolors perfect for framing, or to give as a special card to a friend or loved one.

Lecture/Seminar

Rediscovering Botticelli’s Lost Drawings—and the Renaissance

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

The 19th-century rediscovery of Sandro Botticelli’s drawings illustrating The Divine Comedy reminded the art world of how the artist’s work embodies the spirit of the Renaissance. Joseph Luzzi of Bard College explains how and why Botticelli’s creations from the beauty of Primavera and the Birth of Venus to the drama of Dante’s Purgatorio—still move us today.

Lecture/Seminar

The Rothschilds: From Frankfurt’s Judengasse to Bankers to the World

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

They spent centuries confined to the Judengasse ghetto in Frankfurt, earning a living peddling goods. But the Rothschild family moved past antisemitism, emerging as one of the world's wealthiest and most influential banking dynasties. Historian Ralph Nurnberger recounts their rags-to-riches story.

Lecture/Seminar

The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia

Friday, December 9, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

The Barnes is often considered the greatest post-impressionist and early-modern art collection in the world. Join Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen as she covers its history and uses unique high-definition Deep Zoom technology to offer closeup looks at masterpieces that reveal their surfaces and details in ways that bring the art and the artists to vivid life. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

A Traveler's Guide to the Stars: The Possibilities of Interstellar Exploration

Friday, December 9, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

The age-old dream of venturing forth into the cosmos and even colonizing distant worlds may one day become a reality. Physicist, author, and NASA technologist Les Johnson reveals the physics and technologies that may enable us to reach the stars.

Studio Arts Workshop

White-Line Woodblock Printing II

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn a variety of advanced techniques as you create multiple prints from your favorite white-line woodcut block.

Lecture/Seminar

Decking the Halls at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Author and historian Coleen Christian Burke, a 2014 White House design partner, leads a journey through Christmas history as she reveals how the annual decorating themes developed by first ladies are turned into sparkling realities. She also discusses how the holiday White House functions as both a private home and public space and offers views of some of the most memorable seasonal settings created at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Lecture/Seminar

Building St. Peter's Basilica

Monday, December 12, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

After 100 years of construction, the reign of 18 different popes, and the direction of 12 different architects, St. Peter’s Basilica was finally completed in 1626. Rocky Ruggiero, an architectural historian and specialist in the Italian Renaissance, explores the dramatic construction history of this great church and the breathtaking artwork by artists such as Michelangelo and Bernini that adorns it. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Course

Favorite Movies: Glamour, Mystery, Corruption, and Unexpected Love

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Our favorite moments in films never leave us. In a fall series, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson revisits more of our favorite movies and characters, the people who dreamed them up, and the lasting memories they made in our lives and our myths. This session showcases these films: Moonstruck and Notting Hill.

Lecture/Seminar

Lost Civilizations: The Incas

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The Inca were the last major civilization of the Andes, the descendant of a human presence in the region dating back millennia. Kevin Lane, archaeologist and senior researcher at CONICET Universidad de Buenos Aires, analyzes the Inca rise to power, highlighting the social, economic, cultural, dynastic, and military reasons behind the emergence of their imperial hegemony throughout western South America.

Course

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world provide fascinating glimpses into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. In a lavishly illustrated series, historian Justin M. Jacobs offers an in-depth overview of the Sacred Buddhist Landscape of Bagan.

Lecture/Seminar

Los Angeles: Portrait of a Mature Metropolis

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

In the decades following World War II, a myriad of factors shaped modern Los Angeles, including the growth of industry, the evolution of the entertainment business, and the city’s transformation into the home of notable cultural and educational institutions. Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture, examines the social and economic forces that made Los Angeles the powerhouse it is today.

Lecture/Seminar

Spices 101: Cinnamon

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

The spice we love in apple pie, tagines, and churros has been treasured across cultures since ancient times, and used for culinary, medicinal, and spiritual purposes—even including ancient Egyptian embalming methods. Christine Rai explores cinnamon’s fascinating origins, history, and variety, and shares tips on using the spice in your own kitchen.

Studio Arts Workshop

Drawing on Toned Paper: Winter Botanicals

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Feel free to draw on your personal style in this sketching workshop. The class is for students of all levels who would like to try a new way of recording winter botanicals.

Lecture/Seminar

The Magic of Fred Astaire

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Whether it was partnering with Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, or a hat rack, Fred Astaire on film made everything appear easy and elegant. In a delightful program illustrated with video clips, media expert Brian Rose surveys the sweep of Astaire’s remarkable career, looking at his work both as a soloist and as the most romantic dance partner in Hollywood history.

Lecture/Seminar

How Weather Has Shaped Human History

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Dramatic weather might seem to be a new phenomenon, but weather and climate change have been shaping human history for thousands of years. Historian Caroline Winterer examines a series of weather-driven turning points that were strong enough to force migration, end wars, and create famines—and how the aftermath of past climate change might affect our future.

Lecture/Seminar

Donatello: Artist of the Florentine Renaissance

Friday, December 16, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

A technical master, Donatello broke new ground in the methods he used and the forms he chose to develop, leaving behind a legacy of creations that seem startlingly modern. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo highlights the life and work of this artist who embodied the ideas of the Renaissance in sculpture. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

France’s Hidden Gems: Drink Like a French Sommelier

Friday, December 16, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Sommelier Erik Segelbaum guides you through a tour-de-force presentation of some of the most incredible yet lesser-known wines and regions of France. On this journey off the beaten path, you’re sure to discover some of the most exciting wines France produces.

Lecture/Seminar

From Carson to Oprah to Stephen Colbert: A History of the TV Talk Show

Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

From its start in the early 1950s, the talk show has been one of television’s most versatile and durable formats. Media expert Brian Rose surveys its changing appeal from decade to decade and examines how the talk show—and its hosts—continue to provide viewers with a lively mix of entertainment, information, and compelling conversation.

Lecture/Seminar

Ian Fleming: The Creator of James Bond

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

You might call Ian Fleming—who introduced a British Secret Service agent named James Bond to the world with Casino Royale in 1952—The Man with the Golden Typewriter. The 14 Bond books he authored sparked a global sensation, sold tens of millions of copies, and became the source for the longest-running film franchise in history. In an evening in the dashing Bond spirit, author Daniel Stashower explores Ian Fleming’s life and legacy, while actor Scott Sedar, aka The Man with the Golden Voice, reads from Fleming’s most popular works.

Lecture/Seminar

Adam Smith's America

Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Originally published in 1776, Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations was lauded by America’s founders as a landmark work of Enlightenment thinking about national wealth, statecraft, and moral virtue. Harvard University lecturer and author Glory Liu traces how generations of Americans have read, reinterpreted, and weaponized Smith’s ideas over time.