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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.

Date
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mezcal: Small Batch, Big Flavor

Mezcal has a reputation as a bit of an outlaw in the spirits world—it’s been periodically banned and restricted—and its edgy flavor notes match its history. Miguel Lancha of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup joins Joe Yonan of the Washington Post to explore the booming popularity of this Mexican import and the intriguing story behind tequila’s smoky sister.

Date
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Discovering Glass in Philadelphia
All-Day Tour

See Philadelphia in a new light as museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker guides a tour to four special sites: a museum, a spectacular Tiffany mosaic mural, a university glass studio, and a unique exhibit of glass art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, July 14, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
D-Day: Success Against the Odds

Christopher Hamner, an associate professor in the department of history and art history at George Mason University, explores the experiences of the rank-and-file GIs on D-Day as they endured the chaos and terror of what was, for many, their first experience under fire.

Date
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.