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Alan Alda: The Science and Art of Communicating
Interviewing a wide range of guests as host of “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS propelled Alan Alda to investigate new ways to communicate complex ideas more effectively. He digs into the heart of what it means to be a true and empathetic communicator as he shares techniques, which also draw on the actor’s arts of storytelling and improvisation, that can be incorporated into everyday communications.
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Adrenaline Rush: How To Write Suspense Fiction
Nothing quickens the pulse like a good thriller. Award-winning author John Gilstrap presents an informative, entertaining day-long program on the crafting of intelligent suspense fiction. Through lively lectures and writing exercises, students get a peek at the skeleton that gives structure to the stories that keep us reading long into the night.
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A Day at Winterthur
Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for an in-depth exploration of the exceptional collection of American decorative arts and antiques on view at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. The tour to the historic du Pont estate includes a special visit to Winterthur’s conservation lab for a look at ongoing projects, and a chance to stroll through its famed gardens in all their spring beauty.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
American Eclipse: Scientific Rivals in the 19th-Century West
A rare total eclipse drew scientists from all over the country to Wyoming and Colorado in the summer of 1878. Three of them became professional competitors: astronomers James Craig Watson and Maria Mitchell, and a young Thomas Edison. Author (and eclipse chaser) David Barton tells their story.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Mammals on Camera: A New Approach to Wildlife Observation
Think of it as wildlife selfies: Camera traps that capture images of animals in their natural habitats are offering scientists a tool to gather crucial information about their behavior. Bill McShea, a wildlife ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, examines how these candid creature photos can influence discussions and decisions about ecosystems, conservation, and preservation.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.