This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Indiana Jones: The Men Behind the Myth Indiana Jones: Hollywood vs. History Evening Course Monday, May 23, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1J0176C Select Your Tickets $25 - Gen. Admission Resize text Hiram Bingham III standing atop a jungle bridge at Espiritu Pampa in Peru Save when you purchase the Indiana Jones series! The Indiana Jones series is one of the most popular and iconic film franchises in the history of Hollywood. But just how accurate is it? Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, explores the history behind the cinematic legend, drawing on events from Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the controversy over in the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1923. He also examines the antiquities trade in China. By the end of the saga, understand not only how major museums acquired their collections, but where and when the film franchise diverges or converges with historical realities. Jacobs is the author of several books, including Indiana Jones in History and The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. He is also the instructor for “World Heritage Sites: Exploring the World’s Greatest Places,” a 24-episode series for The Great Courses. Session Information Indiana Jones: Hollywood vs. History The Indiana Jones films are great fun, but are they good history? Jacobs applies a rigorous historical analysis to all four films, carefully noting where they diverge or converge with the popular Hollywood icon. With the aid of a leaked brainstorming transcript for the first film he explores the hidden inspiration for the main characters, plot lines, and geographic backdrops—and determines whether they bear any resemblance to the actual careers of real-life archaeologists in history. He concludes with an attempt to devise a more historically accurate and politically sensitive plot line for future films in the franchise. Additional Sessions May 9: Who Was Indiana Jones? May 16: How Did China Lose its Treasures? Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.