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Instantly French: A Classic Kitchen Technique Goes Modern

One of the latest cooking crazes has its roots in French culinary history. Author and travel writer Ann Mah traces how the traditional pressure cooker morphed into the Instant Pot, and how dishes that French home cooks make in their beloved cocotte-minute can deliciously translate into versions that take advantage of the multifunctional electric pressure cooker.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Along the Coast of Many Cultures: Art and Architectural Treasures of Croatia

Situated at a geographical intersection of empires, Croatia was coveted by various foreign powers for centuries, with Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans all leaving their mark. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine examines the artistic legacy of this long and tangled history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
The Rise and Fall of Alexander the Great: A New Look at an Ancient Hero

Since the Romans gave him the title of “Great” two thousand years ago, Alexander has come to be the embodiment of the ancient heroic ideal. But extensive research by historian and classics scholar John Prevas has led him to question just how great Alexander really was.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Baltimore Museums: A Study in Contrasts

The venerable Baltimore Museum of Art and the whimsical American Visionary Art Museum represent two distinctive and divergent aspects of the city’s cultural scene. Spend a fascinating day visiting both, seeing everything from Matisse masterworks to art by self-trained creators, and enjoying lunch at the BMA’s celebrated Chesapeake-inspired restaurant, Gertrude’s. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Humor and Humanism

Brimming with warmth and vivid details of daily life, the paintings of Bruegel are among the defining masterworks of Dutch Golden Age art. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores the facets of his creativity and his profound influence on succeeding generations of painters. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Earthen Architecture of Africa: Of Buildings and Belief

For centuries in Africa, mud and earthen materials have been used to build monumental and aesthetically innovative structures. Curator Kevin Tervala explores the history behind these buildings, as well as how their architecture expresses the social and religious beliefs of the societies that created them. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Denmark's Defiance: Protecting a Nation’s Jews in WWII

In 1943, the people of Denmark—led by their king—dared to stand up for their Jewish countrymen in collective resistance to Nazi occupation. Historian Ralph Nurnberger recounts this extraordinary act of courage on the part of an entire nation under duress.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
A Red-Carpet Night with Oscar

As the awards race approaches its conclusion, join Washington City Paper film critic Noah Gittell for an evening that focuses on all things Oscar, from Academy Awards history and trivia to discussions of this year’s nominations and behind-the-scenes stories.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
How To Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Stocking Your Italian Pantry: A Guide to the Best Ingredients

The key to delicious Italian cooking isn’t a generations-old family secret: It’s simply starting with the highest-quality ingredients you can find. After an informative afternoon with a pair of experts in Italian specialty foods, you’ll be ready to step away from  generic offerings on supermarket shelves to fill your basket with cheese, pasta, vinegar, and preserves that reflect the rich heritage of centuries of artisans.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.
Monuments, Remembrance, and the Slave Past

Art historian Renée Ater draws focus to several monuments to the slave past recently added to the landscape in Virginia, Maryland, and the District as she considers the ways that visualizing, remembering, and engaging with the past may help transform the future. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:00 p.m.
Benedict Arnold: “The Blackest Treason": Betrayal and Loyalty in the American Revolution

How did the name of a Continental Army general become a synonym for treason? Historian Richard Bell reconstructs the life and times of Benedict Arnold, the reasons he turned on his country, and the larger problems of betrayal and desertion that dogged George Washington’s army.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Piero della Francesca and Sandro Botticelli: Contrasting Visions

Art historian Nigel McGilchrist considers two Italian Renaissance painters whose approach to creating visual images couldn’t have been more dissimilar: Botticelli, with his fluidity, movement, and elegance of drawing; and della Francesca, with his stillness, thoughtfulness, and reassuring solidity of form. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Three European Renaissances in Art: Florentine, Flemish, and Venetian

The Renaissance is conventionally seen as a single, continuously unfolding movement that transformed the thinking and the artistic vision of the West. In this day-long seminar, art historian Nigel McGilchrist traces a rich visual itinerary through a different revolution: One rooted in multiple renaissances sparked in the cities of Florence, Bruges, and Venice. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Philadelphia Flower Show

Inspired by the theme Wonders of Water, the 2018 edition of the world’s largest indoor flower exhibition—all 10 colorful acres of it—celebrates the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. The legendary show is the perfect place for gardeners and flower enthusiasts to spend a day filled with beauty.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine; A Prescription for Healthy Living

Spend a day with yoga therapists whose work spans all areas of health and wellness to learn how yoga can keep you healthy mentally and physically, prevent illness and injury, and help in coping with chronic issues including arthritis, pain management, cardiovascular disease, and even depression and anxiety.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
All Eyes on Pittsburgh

The city of smokestacks and steel has been miraculously reborn as a cultural capital. Join arts journalist Richard Selden for a visit that surveys its art scene (highlighted by the 57th Carnegie International exhibition) as well as the rich ethnic and industrial history of “the ’Burgh.”

Depart: Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:00 p.m.
Edouard Manet: Reluctant Revolutionary

Art historian Bonita Billman discusses the life and career of Edouard Manet, a premier painter of modern life and a trailblazer of the impressionist movement. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Fallingwater: An In-Depth Exploration

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s distinctive organic architecture. Visit both on an overnight tour to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania led by architectural historian Bill Keene—and stay at a Wright-inspired boutique hotel. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Depart: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 1, 2019 - 8:00 p.m.