Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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William Harris

Zero to Birth: The Development of the Human Brain

Tuesday, April 26 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

A newborn baby’s brain is equipped with billions of intricately crafted neurons wired together through trillions of interconnections to form a compact and breathtakingly efficient supercomputer. What led up to that extraordinary moment? Pioneering experimental neurobiologist William Harris traces each step in the journey of a human brain’s development in the womb.





Robert Wittman

Art Crime: Frauds, Forgeries, and Fakes

Wednesday, April 27 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

From a fake Saudi sheikh with a fake Rembrandt to a fraud case that rocked “Antiques Road Show,” former FBI agent art crime expert Robert Wittman uncovers inside stories of the multi-billion-dollar worldwide business of art crime, where beautiful objects can hold suspicious histories.





Demeter Mourning for Persephone by Evelyn De Morgan

Mothering: A Reflective Writing Workshop

Tuesday, May 3 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover the power of reflective writing inspired by art, guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface. The work of two British artists, painter Evelyn De Morgan and poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy, provide the foundation for an exploration of the myriad meanings of mothering in our lives, in the natural world, and in the creative process.





Billie Holiday at the Downbeat club, New York City 1947 (Library of Congress)

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues

Thursday, May 19 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

When Billie Holiday stepped in front of a microphone, audiences heard more than a one-of-a-kind voice: She revealed a life, in all its pain and triumph. Jazz expert John Edward Hasse follows Holiday’s extraordinary journey from abused Baltimore girl to troubled but brilliant singer.





Red Cloud by Edward Sheriff Curtis, 1822 (National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)

Edward S. Curtis: A Complicated Photographic Legacy

Thursday, May 19 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The North American Indian, Edward S. Curtis’s 20-volume collection of photographs and ethnography contains some of the finest images ever captured of Native Americans and the landscapes on which they practiced their traditional rites during the early 20th century. In recent years, though, Curtis has been accused of appropriating American Indian culture, manipulating and romanticizing his subjects, and transgressing the boundaries of the sacred. Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson explores Curtis’s 30-year project of a lifetime and the questions it raises today.  





Arts and Industries Building

The Urban Geology of the National Mall

In-Person Program
Full-Day Tour
Wednesday, May 25 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Washington, D.C.’s National Mall provides a world-class showcase for a diverse collection of American architectural styles, landscape design and use—and building materials. Join geologist Kenneth Rasmussen on a walking tour that views more than 20 buildings and monuments as he sets the Mall’s evolution in geological context and traces how its vision as public space reflects plans developed over the centuries. 





Hans Christian Andersen: Tales That Enchant and Haunt

Wednesday, May 25 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET


Folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman explore the strange, sometimes melancholy life of the man whose fairy tales the world grew to love, even though the recognition he craved often eluded him during his own lifetime. They examine his works, his literary influences, and his motivations, as well as why his enduring stories continue to be told—and re-told in modern adaptations.





The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David, 1793

Seeing History Through Artists' Eyes

4-Session Evening Course
Monday, June 6 to 27 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Artists such as Picasso, David, and Goya came to grips with the political upheavals of their day with heroic and searing images that elicit our admiration or moral outrage. Art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the complex interplay between artistic expression and social and political content through the centuries. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)








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