Saturday, December 11, 2021





Christopher Kimball (Photo: Channing Johnson)

Christopher Kimball: Spotlight on Vegetables

Thursday, January 27 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. ET

Veggies are usually the supporting culinary players in a meal, but the new Milk Street: Vegetables moves them center of the plate. Christopher Kimball shares tips on how to roast, braise, steam, and stir-fry everyday vegetables into simple but appealing dishes, and demonstrates a recipe or two from the book’s globally influenced collection.





Farah Jasmine Griffin

Freedom Writers: Black Leaders on the Idea of America

Monday, February 7 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Though the guarantee of equality, liberty, and justice for all is enshrined in the Constitution, Black Americans have long confronted the gap between that promise and the realities of their lives. Join author Farah Jasmine Griffin as she examines how thinkers and leaders such as Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Barack Obama vividly reflect in their works how these Americans have grappled with the founding ideals of the United States.





Pump: A Natural History of the Heart

Wednesday, February 9 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Vertebrate zoologist and author Bill Schutt traces the evolution of hearts and circulatory systems in the animal kingdom, as well as our understanding of the anatomy, physiology and symbolic significance of human hearts throughout history.





Jennifer Hochschild

Genomic Politics: Scientific Breakthroughs, Polarizing Controversies

Thursday, February 10 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The emergence of genomic science in the last quarter century has revolutionized medicine, the justice system, and our understanding of who we are. Harvard University professor Jennifer Hochschild examines its politically charged and hotly contested issues.





Botanical Gardens: A World Tour

3-Session Weekend Series
Sunday, February 13, 20, and 27 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Indulge in a colorful midwinter escape as horticultural experts lead a series of virtual visits that highlight the beauty of notable botanical gardens.

Please Note: Individual sessions are available for individual purchase.





Summer Camp is back—and ready to bring Smithsonian’s world to life!

Whether in person on the National Mall or virtually from your home or vacation getaway, Smithsonian Summer Camp offers one-of-a-kind opportunities to connect with the Smithsonian’s museums and research—and meet the people behind it all.





"Mary, Queen of Scots" by François Clouet

Mary, Queen of Scots: Villain or Victim?

Wednesday, February 23 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

On February 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was executed for treason on the orders of her English cousin, Elizabeth I. It was a tragic end to a turbulent life. But was she the victim of misogyny and anti-Catholic prejudice, or did she bring her troubles on herself by her own miscalculations? Historian Jennifer Paxton explores her life for the answer to one of history’s enduring questions.





Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge by Claude Monet

Claude Monet and His Water Lilies: Seeking Solace in Art

Wednesday, March 2 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Toward the end of his prolific career, French impressionist Claude Monet created his enchanting Water Lilies series, inspired by the water-lily ponds he installed at his beloved home, Giverny. Join author Ross King in an exploration of these iconic paintings as he brings to life the extraordinary accomplishment of Monet’s later years. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)





Medici family depicted allegorically in a fresco (detail) by Benozzo Gozzoli ca 1459

The Rise of the Medici

Friday, March 4 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Join art historian Elaine Ruffolo as she explores the influence of the powerful Medici family, from their humble beginnings to their role as great patrons of the arts in Florence. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Additional Program Opportunity: The Medici: From Popes to Dukes on Friday, March 18.





Captain James Cook

Captain Cook and the Pacific: First, Second, and Third Voyages

3-Session Evening Course
Thursday, March 10, 17, and 24 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The three voyages of maritime exploration undertaken by Captain James Cook from 1768 to 1779 are perhaps the most famous of any in history. Filled with high drama, tragedy, intrigue, and humor, their stories have been told and retold for centuries. Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, investigates their enduring appeal.





Wagner in Paris, 1861

Richard Wagner: Beyond the Ring

Saturday, March 12 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In the midst of writing The Ring of the Nibelung, the most monumental artistic work of the 19th century, Richard Wagner took a breather. His intention was to write works that were smaller in scale and easier to perform. Using excerpts from the finest representations on video, opera and classical music, scholar Saul Lilienstein unearths the treasures this great composer created beyond the Ring.





King's College Chapel, seen from the Backs

An Armchair Tour of Oxford and Cambridge

Tuesday, March 22 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

The two great academic centers of England—Oxford and Cambridge—are steeped in history reaching back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Scholar and historian Gary Rendsburg brings the verve and culture of these great university towns to life, sharing history flavored with a pleasant dose of Anglophilia.








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