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Illustration from Walden book cover

The Revolutionary Genius of Walden

Thursday, June 10 - 7:00 p.m. ET

Join historian, author, and public humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson as he clears a path for readers that leads to a full appreciation of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, one of the most beautiful, transcendent, and indeed revolutionary books in the American literary canon.





Adrian Miller

Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue

Thursday, July 1 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Across America, the pure love and popularity of barbecue cookery has gone through the roof. Adrian Miller—admitted ’cuehead and longtime certified barbecue judge—asks why African Americans aren’t receiving the recognition they deserve in today’s barbecue culture. He reveals how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restaurateurs helped develop this cornerstone of American foodways and how they are coming into their own today.





Peirce Mill in Pierce Park, Washington, D.C. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Rock Creek Park: A Nature and History Walk

Friday, July 9 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Spend a summer morning exploring the verdant wooded trails of Rock Creek Park with naturalist and author  Melanie Choukas-Bradley. She surveys the botanically diverse native trees of Rock Creek Park’s floodplain forest and upland woods and covers the history of D.C.’s woodland gem, the oldest urban national park in the country.

Please Note: This tour is not live streamed on Zoom. It will be conducted in-person, masks are required, and the hike is limited to 20 participants.





Alabamians protesting Prohibition

How Prohibition Shaped the Twenties

Tuesday, July 20 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Join Allen Pietrobon, an assistant professor of global affairs at Trinity Washington University and an award-winning historian, as he examines the role that alcohol played in American life leading up to Prohibition. And how, in its defiance, did American society and culture change so dramatically throughout the 1920s?





Procession of the Youngest King (detail) by Benozzo Gozzoli

The Medici in Florence: Political Dynasty, Patrons of the Arts

Friday, July 23 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

At its height, Renaissance Florence was a center of enormous wealth, power, and influence. Its often-violent political scene was dominated by rich mercantile families, the most famous being the Medici. Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo traces the family’s influence on the city’s political, economic, and cultural history. (World Art History Certificate elective, ½ credit)





The Beatles: From Liverpool to Legend—A Musical Celebration

Saturday, July 24 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Saul Lilienstein takes a joyful and serious look at the Beatles’ music, its roots and influences, and its relationship to the period of social change that provided a backdrop to their years at the top of the charts.





How To Start Traveling Again

Wednesday, July 28 - 6:45 p.m. ET

The pandemic has upended the travel industry and changed the way we explore the world. What will smart travelers need to know once we can pack our bags again? Andrea Sachs, the Washington Post’s travel writer; Pauline Frommer, editorial director of Frommer’s Guidebooks; and Karin King, deputy assistant secretary of state for overseas citizen services share the best advice and resources for staying safe, healthy, and well-informed so you can relax on your long-overdue trip.  





Twilight Confidences, by Cecilia Beaux, 1888 (Georgia Museum of Art/University of Georgia)

Seductive Paris: American Painters in the City of Light (1855-1920)

Saturday, July 31 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In the late 19th century, Paris was the only place to be for any self-respecting aspiring American artist. Art historian Bonita Billman highlights the city’s ascension as the center of the art world and how it transformed the young painters who in turn transformed American art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)






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