Popular Culture Programs
A Red-Carpet Night with Oscar

As awards night nears, join film writer Noah Gittell for an evening that focuses on all things Oscar. The movie-inspired fun includes history and trivia, a predictions contest, and a chance to join some screen legends (appearing courtesy Madame Tussauds) for photos on the red carpet.

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
2001 at 50: An Anniversary Odyssey

Re-experience the groundbreaking film that influenced such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and James Cameron in a special screening. Then join Michael Benson, author of Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece, for some insights into its creation.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
Lidia Bastianich’s American Dream

When she was 12, cookbook author, television personality, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich fled Europe with her family to escape persecution. Drawing on her new book, My American Dream, Bastianich shares the vivid story of the fulfillment of that dream, beginning with her new life in New York and the dedication and passion for food that helped to build a successful career.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Join the Emmy Award–winning filmmaker, educator, literary scholar, journalist, and cultural critic as he adds another distinction to the list: recipient of Smithsonian Associates’ 17th annual Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award.

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.