Saturday, September 4, 2021

Check Out the Smithsonian Institute's Just-announced Programs! 




George Will (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

George F. Will Speaks His Mind

Tuesday, September 21 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist George F. Will casts a careful eye on what defines the American experience as he explores an array of topics including drug policy and the criminal justice system; the First Amendment; meritocracy and education; Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, and The Beach Boys; and, yes, the morality of enjoying football.





Justice Stephen Breyer (Photo: Steve Petteway)

Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court and Politics

In-Person Program (Streaming option below)
Monday, October 4 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. ET

In-person Program Option: In response to growing criticism that the Supreme Court has become too political, Stephen Breyer, a Supreme Court justice, asserts that the judiciary’s hard-won authority could be marred by reforms premised on the assumption of ideological bias. He argues for a way to promote better understandings of how the judiciary actually works.

Register for the Streaming Option





Exterior of the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia

In-Person Tour
Saturday, October 23 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

A stunning contemporary setting, the unique vision of its founding collector, and galleries that house a dazzling array of modern and post-impressionist paintings are among the many reasons that make the Barnes Foundation Philadelphia a one-of a kind magnet for art lovers. Join art historian Ursula Wolfman to experience it in person during a memorable one-day visit. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)





Julia Cooke (Photo: Patrick Proctor)

Flying into a War Zone: Pan Am Stewardesses in Vietnam

Part of the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative
Thursday, October 28 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Serving as crew members on flights bringing servicemen into and out of combat zones at the height of the Vietnam War was a career adventure that the young women who became stewardesses at Pan Am World Airways in the 1960s and 70s could never have imagined. Drawing on her new book Come Fly the World, Julia Cooke discusses their often-overlooked wartime stories and examines why the role of Jet Age stewardess carried far more professional weight than simply being a flying waitress.





The Discovery of DNA

Friday, October 29 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

James Watson and Francis Crick’s 1953 discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is the foundation of virtually every advance in our modern understanding of genetics and molecular biology. But the discovery of DNA’s structure is the story of five towering minds: Watson, Crick, Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, and Linus Pauling. Howard Markel, professor of the history of medicine, provides a fascinating look at the discovery of DNA’s double helix.





A wall in Belfast—called the Peace Line—separates Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods from each other

Ireland and Britain: 800 Years of Conflict

Saturday, November 6 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Ireland and Britain share a troubled past. Historian Jennifer Paxton untangles the complicated threads in the story of the Irish and British peoples and analyzes how a heritage of conflict is being transformed by new opportunities and new challenges.





Elizabeth Warren

An Evening with Senator Elizabeth Warren

Monday, November 8 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s political outlook is grounded in the experiences of growing up in Oklahoma. She shares those valuable life lessons with the next generation of leaders—especially young girls—in her newest book, Pinkie Promises. Join Warren as she shares the inspiration behind the book, the meaning of “pinkie promises,” and what girls can achieve, even when told they cannot.




Great Mud Mosque, Djenné, Mali (Photo: Ruud Zwart)

Earthen Architecture of Africa: Of Buildings and Belief

Friday, November 19 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Kevin Tervala, associate curator of African art at the Baltimore Museum of Art, explores the monumental and aesthetically innovative structures made from mud and earthen material built across the African continent—and how they communicated fundamental social, cultural, and religious beliefs. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)