Courses
The Evolution of Architectural Styles: Ancient Temples to Modern Skyscrapers
2-Session Course

Explore the traditions, styles, and masterpieces of European and American architecture during this in-depth 2-day program led by art historian Karin Alexis. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, August 18, 2017 – 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contemporary Art: The Constancy of Change
4-Session Evening Course

Contemporary visual arts reflect today’s world—one that’s both liberating in its freedoms and disorienting in its uncertainty. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine provides insights into understanding and navigating the changing global art world by examining the trends and ideas that have shaped it in recent decades. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Tuesday, September 5 to 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Smithsonian Rock ’n’ Roll Chorus
10-Session Evening Course

Is the soundtrack to your life filled with the music of the Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, and other classic groups? Bring those songs alive again with music director and conductor Cheryl Branham.

Date
Tuesday, September 5 to November 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Sing Out: The Smithsonian Chorale
12-Session Daytime Course

Spend Thursday mornings in song and in good company with the Smithsonian Chorale. Singers meet for weekly rehearsals under the direction of conductor Cheryl Branham, culminating into a concert performance.

Date
Thursday, September 14 to December 7, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
American Novels of the ’20s
4-Session Evening Course

If you love discovering (or re-discovering) a book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing some iconic works of 1920s American literature, including novels by such groundbreaking writers like Ernest Hemingway and Willa Cather.

Date
Monday, September 18, October 16, November 13, December 18, 2017 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Great Escapes: How Spies, Hostages, and Assets Survive and Get Out Alive
4-Session Daytime Course

Escape-room challenges are popular among fans of spy thrillers, but what if your life actually depended on the result? Be regaled by experts familiar with life-or-death operations conducted in such places as Iran and Moscow in this series exploring memorable escapes, rescues, and evasions from the 1970s through today.

Date
Wednesday, September 27 to October 18, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Journalists on Journalism
4-Session Evening Course

Not since the Watergate era have journalists—for better or worse—been front and center in our political debates. In this timely series, get an inside look at today's news business from acclaimed journalists Lesley Stahl, Jim VandeHei, Mara Liasson, and Jim Lehrer.

Date
Thursday, October 5 to 26, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Looking Toward Asia: Perspectives from Foreign Service Experts
4-Session Evening Course

For centuries, relations between the United States and Asia have been in a constant state of change. American Foreign Service experts offer timely perspectives on our engagement with Asia’s major power players.

Date
Wednesday, October 11 to November 1, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Chinese Art: From the Bronze Age to the People’s Republic
4-Session Evening Course

Chinese civilization has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines how, across the centuries, China’s social, religious, and political life have influenced transformations in its material culture. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Monday, October 16 to November 6, 2017 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Puccini: A Deeper Look
6-Session Daytime Course

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers.  

Date
Tuesday, October 17 to November 21, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Art of the Medieval World: Cathedrals and Beyond
4-Session Daytime Course

Independent art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the art and architecture of the 1,000-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and its relationship to a society infused with faith and spirituality. (Word Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, October 25 to November 15, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.