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Kyoto: Japan’s Cultural Capital
Kyoto has long been one of Japan’s most innovative centers of arts and culture. Art historian Yui Suzuki of the University of Maryland, College Park, guides a day devoted to Kyoto’s artistic, architectural, and cultural treasures and the timeless creative spirit that gives this tradition-rich city its vibrant character. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Mario Batali on Regional American Cooking
Mario Batali, best known for Italian cuisine, headed into new territory to prepare his latest cookbook: all corners of America. In a conversation with Joe Yonan, food and dining editor of the Washington Post, he discusses what the dishes served at state fairs, church socials, BBQ joints, and family dinners reveal about our food culture and traditions.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Haydn and His Famous Student
In this 6-session course Saul Lilienstein reveals the range of Haydn’s genius and the strong influence he had on his willful student, Ludwig van Beethoven.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM
Lethal Action: Deadly Plots, Silenced Voices, and Epic Fails
Thrillers often feature deadly plots in which governments eliminate spies, operatives, dissidents, or enemies of the state. But when a questionable death occurs in real life, it can be hard to discover what really happened. Intelligence experts and historians explore the true stories of four real cases of successful, failed, or possible cases of targeted killing. 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:15 AM
Orchids: Moments of Beauty
Morning Tour
Smithsonian Gardens staff members lead a private tour of Moments, the Smithsonian’s 2017 Orchid Exhibit at the Hirshhorn, where the museum’s exhibit designers have created a unique setting for the blooms.
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:30 AM
Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns: A Study in Influences at the VMFA
All-Day Tour
When Jasper Johns made a mid-career shift in the style and subject matter of his art, he found inspiration in an unlikely source: Edvard Munch. Trace the results of that influence on a guided visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s exhibition Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life.
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 8:30 AM
How We Eat: A Uniquely Human Dilemma
When our prehistoric ancestors began to transform the way they acquired food, hunting and gathering gave way to planting crops and animal domestication. More centralized systems of food production gradually led to the erosion of our ability to make informed decisions about how we eat. Learn how lessons from our prehistoric diets and foodways could have a positive impact on our health and the environment today.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
A Day at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum
What began in the late Renaissance with the collections of rare and manmade objects assembled by various members of the House of Habsburg evolved into Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine considers the great museum’s evolution and some of the masterworks housed within it. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Orchids: Moments of Beauty
Morning Tour
Smithsonian Gardens staff members lead a private tour of Moments, the Smithsonian’s 2017 Orchid Exhibit at the Hirshhorn, where the museum’s exhibit designers have created a unique setting for the blooms.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 8:30 AM
The Art of Gandhara: Where India Met Greece
4-Session Daytime Course
Spreading among neighboring India, Persia, and the Greco-Roman world, the kingdoms of Gandhara produced artwork that blends influences and ideas from many cultures, reaching its peak in the first through fifth centuries. Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the origins of the region’s material culture, explores how imperial and religious power were displayed, and traces the role of trade in the exchange of ideas. (World History Art Certificate core course: Earn 1 credit)
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00 PM
Researching Your Genealogy: A Journey of Self-Discovery
Every family has stories about their roots, but are they true? Equip yourself to find out as genealogist John Colletta provides practical information and time-saving advice to get you started on the adventure of discovering your personal history.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Science as Art: The Beauty of Botanical Illustration
In collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries’ Biological Heritage Library, Alice Tangerini, a scientific illustrator at the Natural History Museum, leads an afternoon focused on the fascinating mix of art and science behind the practice of botanical illustration.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Orchids: Moments of Beauty
Morning Tour
Smithsonian Gardens staff members lead a private tour of Moments, the Smithsonian’s 2017 Orchid Exhibit at the Hirshhorn, where the museum’s exhibit designers have created a unique setting for the blooms.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM
New York City in the Gilded Age: A Cultural History
The grand story of late 19th-century New York’s burgeoning wealth and emerging national dominance has its darker parallel in the world of its tenements and sweatshops. From Fifth Avenue’s Millionaire’s Row to the Lower East Side, George Scheper of Johns Hopkins University surveys the panorama of a city as it creates the foundations of its modern identity.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30 AM
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
Henry VIII: The Man Behind the Crown
An egomaniacal monarch? A driven political and religious reformer? A notorious serial queen-maker? If any king suffered from a centuries-old image problem, it’s Henry VIII. Join scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger for an unvarnished and comprehensive look at the man whose bigger-than-life royal legend masks a complex man.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
The World in the Early Modern Centuries: New Perspectives on History
The centuries from 1450 to 1750, once handily summed up as the era of the rise of the West, are now receiving more globally focused attention from scholars. Historian Peter N. Stearns of George Mason University offers a wider view of the significant events in Europe, Russia, Asia, and the Americas in an era of unprecedented change.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00 PM
The Celtic World: Ancient and Modern
Does our contemporary fascination with all things Celtic truly reflect the complex history and heritage of these ancient peoples? Historian Jennifer Paxton traces how their legacy affects culture and politics in the nations and regions commonly known as the Celtic Fringe—as well as in the wider world.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:30 AM
The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour
The 2017 edition of the world’s largest indoor flower exhibition—all 10 colorful acres of it—salutes the Netherlands with the theme Holland: Flowering the World. The legendary show is the perfect place for gardeners and flower enthusiasts to spend a day filled with beauty.
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:30 AM
The Craft of Travel Writing
Great travel writing captures a reader’s imagination and emotions with compelling stories about places, people, and experiences. Andrew Evans is an expert in the genre, and in a day-long worship he covers the essential skills and techniques that can help you tell the stories of your own adventures.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Behind the Scenes at Smithsonian Exhibits
Morning Tour
Pay a visit to a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover. Meet director Susan Ades and some of the designers, fabricators, model makers, and other specialists whose talents and skills are behind the exhibitions you see on the National Mall.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Behind the Scenes at Smithsonian Exhibits
Morning Tour
Pay a visit to a place where even the most avid museum-goer never gets to set foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover. Meet director Susan Ades and some of the designers, fabricators, model makers, and other specialists whose talents and skills are behind the exhibitions you see on the National Mall.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Capital Cheers: A DC Brew Tour
All-Day Tour
From a beer maker’s Gilded Age mansion to the warehouse-district breweries that produce today’s hottest artisan labels, join local historian Garrett Peck as he covers the spots that trace Washington’s long tradition of making (and drinking) the golden thirst-quencher.
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Traveling on the Danube: River of History
Over its storied history, the Danube River has played a critical role as the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, a highway for goods, the route of emperors and kings, and a vital source of water for 20 million people. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann travels through time to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along its shores.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 AM
A Rock Creek Park Tour
All-Day Tour
Celebrate the beauty of spring on a daylong guided visit to DC’s beloved urban oasis, Rock Creek Park, with local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley and other experts on the park and its history.
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 9:30 AM