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Advance Screening of On Her Shoulders

Members-Only Program: Get an exclusive look at filmmaker Alexandria Bombach’s powerful documentary portrait of 23-year-old human rights activist Nadia Murad, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a beacon of hope for her people.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum Halloween Special

Halloween Special for Families: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums! For this sleepover only, celebrate Halloween by wearing a costume.

November 2 - 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Scott Kelly: Infinite Wonder

Over the course of four missions, astronaut Scott Kelly has seen things that few humans have—and he has documented the startling vastness of space in photographs. Drawing on his new book Infinite Wonder, Kelly discusses the challenges of long-term flight, and reveals how seeing our planet from 250 miles above gave him a new appreciation of its beauty and its fragility. Ticket includes signed paperback copy of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Ribosome: A Molecular Key to Genetics

Structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan examines the role of the once-elusive molecule ribosome in human genetics, and how he and his colleagues became the first to map its structure—an achievement recognized with a 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Home Cooking, Cuban-style: Hot Lunch at Cuba Libre

The best food in Cuba can be found in paladares, small private restaurants generally run out of family homes. Join chef and cookbook author Guillermo Pernot as he serves up a paladares-inspired meal at his D.C. eatery, Cuba Libre.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

Bewildered by all those scientific myths, fallacies, and conspiracy theories masquerading as actual news? Steven Novella, producer and host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and a posse of his fellow podcasters are ready to show you how the powers of logic, science, and skepticism can be your best weapons against superstition and pseudoscience.

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Advances in Military Medicine: From Mercy Street to the 21st Century

Many of the scientific, medical, and technological innovations of the past two centuries have had their roots in military medicine. Visits to the National Museum of Health and Medicine and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine offer insights into that history, as well as military medicine’s links to modern healthcare.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How the Great War Changed America

Drawing on his new book, The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath Garrett Peck chronicles the American experience during the war and connects it to the changes that rocked the country in its wake—including women’s suffrage, Prohibition, the Red Scare, and race riots.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs: Religion and Politics

The Smithsonian often uses politics and religion to tell stories of American life and history. Curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy of the American History Museum and Brad Braxton of the African American History and Culture Museum reveal how their work shapes those narratives.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Cambridge Five: Soviet Intelligence Spies

Why would a group of young men from one of England’s elite universities betray their country for Russia? Using recently declassified British, American, and Soviet intelligence records, Historian and author Calder Walton examines the lives, motivations, damage, and legacy of the notorious Cold War operatives that came to be known as the Cambridge Five.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Finding Allah in the Qur’an

Who is Allah? The teachings and the temperament of the figure at the center of the world’s second-largest religion have drawn widely varying—and often controversial—interpretations over the centuries. Noted religious scholar Jack Miles investigates that question of identity by examining the nature of Allah as reflected in the Qur’an and in interactions with humanity.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
An Imperfect Heartbeat: Has the Artificial Heart Fulfilled Its Promise?

In the realm of medical miracles, the artificial heart was one of the last century’s most notable—and controversial. Author Shelley McKellar discusses the successes and the shortcomings of this medical breakthrough.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Michael Beschloss on Wartime Presidents

From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, a procession of American presidents took the nation into conflict and mobilized the country for victory. Author and presidential historian Michael Beschloss examines the chief executives who made the most difficult decisions that face any leader, and how the evolution of presidential powers in regard to war have shaped those actions.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Divine Michelangelo: His Life and His Works

Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, examines Michelangelo’s epic life, using milestone works of art and architecture to illustrate the chapters of his artistic biography. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Christmas with the First Ladies: Decking the Halls at the White House

Spend an afternoon with professional decorator and author Coleen Christian Burke as she covers the traditions of White House holiday decorating. She brings you behind the scenes as the seasonal transformation takes place, and shares how modern first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Melania Trump have lent their distinctive styles and creativity to guiding the annual themes.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Auctioning the Past: A Fossil Smuggler Pays the Price

Paige Williams, a staff writer at the New Yorker, delves into the sometimes-perilous world of the illicit international fossil trade as she tells the story of an American dealer’s dangerous obsession with a rare dinosaur skeleton.

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Visual Literacy: The Art of Seeing

Like any language, art has its own vocabulary—one in which you discover more meaning and gratification as your fluency increases. Spend a day with art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman expanding your understanding of how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it, and how to see in a cultural context. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.