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Personal Development

For many of us, achieving restful, restorative sleep is often just a dream. Neurologist Helene Emsellem of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders offers practical tips on improving sleep habits that can benefit our bodies, brains, health, and productivity.

Event date Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

When test results from a genealogical website showed that novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro’s biological father was not the man who had raised her, she confronted some of the complicated ethical and moral questions that genetic testing can raise. In a conversation with biologist Carla Easter of the National Human Genome Research Institute, Shapiro discusses how she came to reconstruct—and come to terms with—a different version of her own identity.

Event date Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Philanthropist and technology pioneer Jean Case examines the risk-taking principles that guided notable change-makers from JFK to Jane Goodall to José Andrés and shares how they can be put into action in our own lives.

Event date Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

If you love rock and roll, and want to sing some of the greatest hits of all time, join the Boomers Rock ’n’ Roll Chorus, a program geared for people ages 55 and above who love to sing—and there’s no experience required.

Event date Rehearsals: Tuesday, April 9 to May 28, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Performance: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Your voice is one of the most powerful and revealing things about you. Does yours support or detract from what you want to say? Spend a stimulating day with speech pathologist Laura Purcell Verdun to explore the practical foundations of healthy, effective, and dynamic voice use.

Event date Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learn the benefits of quiet time spent in touch with nature as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing, leads a 2-hour walk in the Smithsonian’s beautiful Enid A. Haupt Garden.

Event date Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.