There Goes the Sun: A Total-Solar-Eclipse Countdown
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Rumi: The Sound of One Soul Speaking
The ecstatic love poems of Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, are beloved by millions of readers around the world. Biographer Brad Gooch discusses the less-known life of the man behind those works, and why his poetry remains among the most-read today.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Civil War Battles at Kelly's Ford and Bristoe Station
All-Day Tour
Spend a day visiting several important battle sites in Virginia, led by Civil War historians Gregg Clemmer and Ed Bearss. Begin at Kelly’s Ford, site of one of the early major cavalry fights in the state, then follow routes traveled by Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Meade's Army of the Potomac in the October 1863 campaign.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 7:45 AM
Masters and Masterpieces of American Art: Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Early Modernism
4-Session Evening Course
Our nation’s history—and changing identity—finds its reflection in the panorama of American art. Art historian Jennifer Van Horn introduces major artists and movements in paining from the mid-19th century to today. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The New Middle East
American involvement in the Middle East has become more complex, more dangerous, and more important than ever before. In this series, retired foreign service officers offer insights on the pivotal issues that define the new landscape of our national policy in the region.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Are the Cards Collapsing?: A “House of Cards” Season 5 Preview
Stef Woods, who explores the intersection of television, politics, and ethics in a course at American University, finds plenty of juicy material in “House of Cards.” Get ready for the newest season as she examines what might be in the cards for the power-hungry Underwoods.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Fallingwater in Winter: An In-Depth Exploration
All-Day Tour
Bare trees and mountain snow throw the spectacular design and setting of Fallingwater into high relief. Mark the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth with a special in-depth tour that offers an opportunity to appreciate this masterwork anew.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9:00 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
Laundry to Legacy: Repurposing Treasured Garments Into Memory Quilts
In a hands-on workshop, quilt-maker Lauren Kingsland shares new way to use T-shirts and other garments of sentimental value: Transform them into usable quilts to give as gifts or to preserve cherished memories.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Vertical Gardens
Vertical gardens are cropping up all over town, and can provide great inspirations for making your own space-saving green dreams a reality. Learn about the principles, technologies, and techniques of this unique approach to growing herbs, flowers, and produce from two local urban-farming pros.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 1:00 PM
Maisie Dobbs and Stories from the Great War: The Work of Jacqueline Winspear
As imagined by author Jacqueline Winspear in her series of mystery novels, Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist and investigator who served as a nurse on the battlefields of World War I France. She returns to her life in London as shell-shocked as any man in the trenches, and works to heal her wounded soul.  Winspear considers how stories can help people open conversations and, perhaps, provide a means of making sense of the most troubling events in their lives.
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 6:45 PM
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
Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand
One of the most popular styles used in contemporary Western calligraphy, the elegant Italic script was developed from antique Latin texts and inscriptions during the Italian Renaissance. The workshop is geared for students who have some knowledge using the broad- edge pen and wish to expand their study of calligraphy.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Physicist Lawrence Krauss: Why Are We Here?
In his bestselling book, A Universe from Nothing, the internationally renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss revealed how our entire universe could arise from nothing. Now, Krauss draws on his blend of reason, rigorous research, and engaging storytelling to present a dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality and the scientists who have helped to unravel its unexpected fabric.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Renoir: The Gift of Joy
Lush, sensual, and filled with vivid life, the paintings of Renior create a world that still beckons us. Art historian Bonita Billman showcases selections from Renoir’s prolific career as she examines why he is one of the most highly regarded artists of his time. (World Art History certificate elective: Earn ½ credit)
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Classical Rhetoric for Modern Persuasion: Taking a Cue From Cicero
Whether we’re trying to win an argument with a friend or convince our coworkers about an important decision, classicist James M. May suggests we'd be at an advantage if we learned the timeless art of verbal persuasion, rhetoric. He offer strategies from the works of Cicero that are as effective in today's offices, schools, courts, and political debates as they were in the Roman forum.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM
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
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
Diane Rehm: In Conversation
Veteran broadcaster Diane Rehm, who has spent 37 years at the helm of her celebrated WAMU show, has been called “the class act of the radio talk world.” Listen in as she joins NPR’s Tom Gjelten  for a sure-to-be-fascinating interview, and learn a bit more about the person behind the voice.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Double Lives of Jack Barsky: The Spy Next Door
Forged identities, a smokescreen suburban life, and wives and children on two continents were all elements of Jack Barsky’s career as a KGB operative in America. Vince Houghton of the International Spy Museum interviews Barsky about his immersion in espionage, juggling allegiances, and assembling a new life after decades as spy.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Music specialist Robert Wyatt raises the curtain on a lively evening that examines and celebrates Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mix of showmanship and superb craft, filled with clips and recordings that cover the full range of his career from his earliest hits to his most recent works.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Visual Literacy: The Art of Seeing
Like any language, art has its own vocabulary—one in which you discover more meaning and gratification as your fluency increases. Spend a day with art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman expanding your understanding of how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it, and how to see in a cultural context. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Colored and Textural Backgrounds for Calligraphy and More
Backgrounds filled with color or texture can add extra dimension and interest to calligraphy, handwriting, or other projects—or simply stand on their own as artwork. Have fun as you learn to create them using colored inks, pastels, and other media.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 10:00 AM
The Best of Brooklyn
Overnight Tour
Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 7:00 AM
The American Civil War and the World
Far from being a domestic conflict, the Civil War was closely watched by other countries. Paul Quigley, director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, explores international perspectives on the war, ranging from ideological affinities to economic calculations to strategic considerations.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:45 PM
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