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Go behind the walls of the Rotunda into the “stacks and vaults” of the National Archives Museum. Encounter fascinating original records, including Abraham Lincoln’s telegrams to his generals and audio recordings from the Oval Office. See the original signed documents known as The Charters of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building houses the main offices of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Renowned architect Paul Philippe Cret designed the building in the stripped classicism style and employed nationally recognized artists to complete the ornamentation and furnishings.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Drawing from his book, Emperors of the Deep, documentarian, conservationist, and author William McKeever dispels our common misconceptions about sharks and describes them as evolutionary marvels vital to maintaining the health of the world’s oceans and, ultimately, the planet.

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Friday, July 19, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Rich in history and beauty, the Great Falls of the Potomac is the most magnificent natural landmark in the D.C. metropolitan area. Rise early and enjoy a memorable hiking experience in the great outdoors with naturalist Keith Tomlinson.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 6:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Discover the history, culture, and cuisine of a pair of fascinating Asian destinations as you get expert tips from television host Darley Newman, who previews a new episode of her PBS series “Travels With Darley.”

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Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Rich in history and beauty, the Great Falls of the Potomac is the most magnificent natural landmark in the D.C. metropolitan area. Rise early and enjoy a memorable hiking experience in the great outdoors with naturalist Keith Tomlinson.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 6:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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

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

A new exhibition at the Portrait Gallery, One Life: Marian Anderson, examines how the performer’s roles as singer, diplomat, and muse helped shatter segregationist policies on and off the stage. Join curator Leslie Ureña, to learn about the making of the exhibition and the powerful cultural and artistic themes it illuminates.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Rich in history and beauty, the Great Falls of the Potomac is the most magnificent natural landmark in the D.C. metropolitan area. Rise early and enjoy a memorable hiking experience in the great outdoors with naturalist Keith Tomlinson.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 6:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The vibes of peace, love, and nature that shaped the counterculture of the 1960s have a connection that might have surprised some of its laid-back proponents: the landscape of 19th-century New England transcendentalism. Bill Dinges, a professor of religion and culture at Catholic University, explores this notable American intellectual movement and how it inspired the activism, literature, and religion of that turbulent decade and beyond.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Think that the esoteric, abstract realm of quantum physics has no relevance to our daily lives? Physics professor and author Chad Orzel wakes us up to the fact that even the routines by which we start our day—involving everything from making toast to checking our phone—provide scientific evidence of the connection between our quotidian world and the quantum world.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

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

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

In countless restaurants and bars, rum drinks topped with paper umbrellas, “exotic” foods, and fantasy Polynesian décor offered mid-century America’s favorite tropical escape. Martin and Rebecca Cate, founders of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, lead a colorful journey into the lore and legend of tiki culture and its modern revival, and offer samples of their bar’s original cocktail recipes.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

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

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

It happens to even the most adventurous travelers: You get to your destination only to find the lines are long, the crowds are pushy, and the whole experience is disappointing and exhausting. Join Washington Post travel writer Andrea Sachs and other travel pros as they discuss destinations to avoid, places to visit instead, and how to be a more responsible traveler today.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

The landscape of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had a profound personal and artistic influence on noted early-20th-century illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Art historian Bonita Billman leads a tour to Wyeth’s beloved Brandywine County that includes a visit to his home and studio, an exhibition focusing on his wide-ranging career at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, and a visit to a local winery. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There’s far more to Thomas Edison’s story than the light bulb and the phonograph. Paul Israel, director and general editor of the Edison Papers at Rutgers University, offers a portrait of an American genius who transformed the concept of invention and played a key role in developing some of the most important technologies of the modern era.

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Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

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

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

The beloved, sumptuously produced “Downton Abbey” was always a feast for the eyes. In anticipation of the forthcoming movie based on the series, food historian Francine Segan invites you to vicariously take your seat at the Crawley family’s table (and also peek into the kitchen) to learn what went into planning, serving, and attending an Edwardian-era feast that only great houses like Downton could produce.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 2:00 p.m.

We know him as one of the world’s most prolific creators, but there’s an overlooked role that’s worth considering when we celebrate the genius of Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance foodie. Food historian Francine Segan sets da Vinci in the context of the culinary culture and manners of the Italian Renaissance and explores his appetites for a life he richly savored.

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Monday, September 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

The Hundred Years War helped shape both England and France into powerful nation-states and changed the face of warfare forever. Historian Jennifer Paxton examines how an apparently minor trade dispute escalated into a seemingly endless war that forced all of Europe to take sides.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Forty-six years after his death, Picasso still looms large in our world. Art historian Nancy G. Heller examines an extraordinary career that sparked both scandal and reverence and that came to define the creative spirit of 20th century art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Friday, September 13, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

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

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

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

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

New Glass Now, a stunning new global survey that reveals the breadth and depth of contemporary glassmaking, is just one of the highlights of a glass-lover’s dream visit to the Corning Museum of Glass. The four-day trip offers participants a true behind-the-scenes experience and includes many curator-conducted sessions and tours.

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Depart: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 8:30 p.m.