Science and Nature Smithsonian Associates Art Collectors Program Art and Architecture Philosophy and Religion
Rethinking the Philistines
Do the Philistines deserve their notoriously bad historical reputation? Archeologist Daniel Master, co-director of the Leon Levy Expedition to the Philistine city of Ashkelon, reports on his team’s discovery and excavation of an ancient cemetery that offers scholars new insights into how the Philistines actually lived and died.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Dead Sea Scrolls: What 70 Years Have Told Us
Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Gary Rendsburg examines the discovery of these precious documents, what they tell us about their authors and the era in which they were created, the controversies surrounding them, and their influence on the development of ancient Judaism and early Christianity.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Cultural Heritage Under Attack: Ancient Crimes, Modern Targets
From the sacking of the Acropolis in the fifth century BC to the destruction of ancient monuments in the contemporary Middle East, conflicts, greed, and natural forces often put the cultural heritage of nations at risk. Archaeologist  Frederick Winter moderates a panel that explores how professionals in a variety of fields are working to secure important sites from looters, document unique monuments, and protect buildings from threats such as earthquakes, rising seas, and mass tourism.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:45 PM
An Ancient Philosopher’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism
Alexander Jones of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University shares some the long-held secrets of one of the most intriguing archeological finds ever made: a sophisticated astronomical guide from around 200 B.C.
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 6:45 PM