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Spring in Jefferson’s Garden

Springtime bounty has inspired many a chef and foodie, especially Thomas Jefferson, nation’s first epicurean president who brought many new varietals of vegetables to America and to his own garden at Monticello. Celebrate his culinary legacy at a private lunch at the beautiful Jefferson Hotel featuring a special seasonal menu inspired by Jefferson.

Date of event
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian’s first building, the Gothic-revival Castle to the capital’s newest landmark, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial designed by Frank Ghery. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.

A Spring Day at Winterthur

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for an in-depth exploration of the exceptional collection of American decorative arts on view at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library.

Date of event
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.

Wine and Cheese Parings with Cheesemonster Studio

Join experts from Cheesemonster Studio for a lively and educational evening that explores the art of combining cheese and wine. They guide curated pairings of five wines and cheeses, examining how their flavors work together to create some of the best duets in all of the food and beverage world.

Date of event
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

A Curious Journey Through Wales

Though not a sovereign state, Wales can compete with Europe’s best in stunning landscapes, rich history, and picture-perfect villages. Christine van Blokland of PBS’sCurious Traveler” series offers an entertaining survey of its natural beauty, heritage and cuisine, and its decidedly curious language.

Date of event
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian’s first building, the Gothic-revival Castle to the capital’s newest landmark, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial designed by Frank Ghery. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Pizza-Making in the Neapolitan Tradition

In a workshop at Pizza University, chef Felice Colucci guides you through the steps and secrets of making Neapolitan-style pizza from scratch. Graduate with tips on making the pie at home.

Date of event
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The History of Ireland: Four Turning Points

Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the complex history of Ireland’s interactions with the outside world that led to the transformation of the island over a thousand years from a relatively isolated island to a colony of its far more powerful neighbor, England.

Date of event
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

How To Write Children's Books

Whether you aspire to write professionally or want to learn how to craft captivating stories for the young readers in your life, this seminar led by author and scholar Lisa Rowe Fraustino starts you on the journey of creating a children’s book—and provides the tools to finish it when you go home.

Date of event
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian’s first building, the Gothic-revival Castle to the capital’s newest landmark, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial designed by Frank Ghery. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.

A Decade of Disruption: America in the New Millennium

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

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

Edgar Degas: The Independent Impressionist

Art historian Bonita Billman examines Degas in the context of the impressionist movement and colleagues including Monet, Pissarro, and Cassatt. She explores his work in a variety of media, analyzes his contributions to French art, and looks at his role as an art collector of merit. The program complements the exhibition Degas at the Opera at the National Gallery of Art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

A Bartender's Guide to Vermouth

It’s in the Martini, the Manhattan, the Rob Roy, and the Negroni, but what do you really know about vermouth? Katie Dandridge, one of the cocktail experts behind the bar at Quill, the elegant lounge at Washington’s Jefferson Hotel, discusses the history of vermouth and the variety of ways we enjoy it today.

Date of event
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Pizza-Making in the Neapolitan Tradition

In a workshop at Pizza University, chef Felice Colucci guides you through the steps and secrets of making Neapolitan-style pizza from scratch. Graduate with tips on making the pie at home.

Date of event
Friday, June 19, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Excavations at Tell el-Amarna: A Window Into Ancient Egypt

Excavations at the extraordinarily preserved desert city at Tell el-Amarna provide unmatched evidence of the daily life and religious practices of ancient Egyptians. Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson, a senior member of the Tell el-Amarna archaeological team, examines the latest discoveries at the site and what they reveal about the city founded as a center for Pharaoh Akhenaten’s monotheistic cult of the sun god Aten. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

The Orchestral Music of J.S. Bach

Musicologist and pianist Daniel Freeman pays tribute to this iconic composer and some of his greatest orchestral compositions in a day highlighted by music and video recordings and live piano performance.

Date of event
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Searching for Life in the Universe

Since the dawn of humankind, we have wondered if we are alone in the universe. Join a trio of professors of physics and astronomy at George Mason University to examine how science has progressed in furthering our understanding of this age-old question. The program is the first in a series of Space Sundays at George Mason University Observatory.

Date of event
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

What To Tell Your Dog About Einstein

Albert Einstein is such an iconic figure that most people, and more than a few dogs, can instantly recognize him as a famous scientist. Author Chad Orzel—whose several popular-science books include How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog—describes how the core idea of Einstein’s theory of relativity forces us to re-think the nature of space and time, through scenarios that cats and dogs might find familiar.

Date of event
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

The Paratrooper Generals of D-Day

Generals during World War II usually stayed to the rear, but not Matthew Ridgway and Maxwell Taylor. During D-Day and the Normandy campaign, these commanders of the 82nd “All-American” and the 101st “Screaming Eagle” Airborne Divisions refused to remain behind the lines and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with their paratroopers in the thick of combat. Military historian Mitchell Yokelson explores their unique style of leadership and how it played out in the most important American campaign of World War II.

Date of event
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

The Greening of Religion: Ethics and the Environment

Christian churches and other world religions are increasingly incorporating environmentalism into their teachings. Ethicist and author William Barbieri explores how and why these religious traditions are responding to ecological challenges, and what we can learn from this process regarding the role of religions in the modern world.

Date of event
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Treasures of Ancient Egypt at VMFA

More than 1200 years ago, two ancient Egyptian cities at the mouth of the Nile were lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. The stunning exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers a rare glimpse of what remains of these mighty centers of trade, where Egyptian and Greek cultures merged in art, worship, and everyday life. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.

Pizza-Making in the Neapolitan Tradition

In a workshop at Pizza University, chef Felice Colucci guides you through the steps and secrets of making Neapolitan-style pizza from scratch. Graduate with tips on making the pie at home.

Date of event
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

African Art Through the Centuries

From the vibrant paintings found in Stone Age caves to works of contemporary creators, the arts of Africa have been shaped by unique creative insight as well as by specific political, social, religious, and economic forces. Art historian Kevin Tervala explores these vibrant artistic expressions through an examination of the continent’s historical trajectory. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

A Trio of Contemporary Museums: An Artful Weekend in New York

Treat yourself to an art-filled weekend escape to Manhattan that gives you plenty of time to take in guided visits of three leading museums devoted to modern and contemporary art—the newly revamped MoMA, the Whitney, and the New Museum—and a night on the town to enjoy as you like. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Depart: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 10:30 p.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo

Buffalo was the location of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career-making commissions, and his several works there have become vital parts of the city’s architectural and cultural history. Bill Keene leads a 4-day tour, highlighting significant structures by Wright and his contemporaries that make Buffalo a must-see destination for aficionados of architectural masterworks. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Depart: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 9:30 p.m.

Bakari Sellers: My Vanishing Country

Bakari Sellers, a CNN analyst and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history, examines the plight of the South's dwindling rural population of black working-class men and women. Drawing on his new book My Vanishing Country, he surveys the struggles that shape their lives: gaining access to healthcare, making ends meet as factories shut down, holding on to traditions as towns erode, and forging a path forward without succumbing to despair.

Date of event
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Theodore Roosevelt's North Dakota: Badlands, Bison, and the Making of a Conservationist

The rugged landscape of western North Dakota was the setting against which Theodore Roosevelt transformed himself from an asthmatic 24-year-old into a robust outdoorsman—and a passionate lifelong conservationist. Experience that corner of the West—filled with dramatic vistas, vividly colored canyons, and wandering herds of wild bison—on an extraordinary tour that brings you into the heart of Roosevelt’s Badlands and the national park that bears his name.

Date of event
Depart: Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 6 p.m.
Return: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - Mid-afternoon

Glenstone and the Phillips Collection: Private Collectors' Visions

Washington’s grand public museums aren’t the only places to see outstanding art. Visit two of the most interesting museums that reflect of the tastes and visions of their founders when you spend a day exploring Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the venerable Phillips Collection with art historian Ursula Wolfman. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.

Gold Rush California: An Adventure Into History

The discovery of gold in 1848 forever altered California and the nation’s destiny. Author and historian Garrett Peck leads a unique visit to the places where the dreams of hundreds of thousands of fortune seekers unfolded.

Date of event
Depart: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.
Return: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.