Saturday, December 3, 2022

Check Out Just Announced Programs @ Smithsonian Associates!





Singapore Botanic Gardens

Botanical Gardens: A World Tour

3-Session Weekend Series
Sunday, February 5 to 19 - 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 in settings as far-flung as Singapore, the United Kingdom, the eastern United States, and Japan. In vibrant visuals they explore how each garden has taken a unique approach to design and interpretation as they celebrate plant collections, conservation, education, and the distinctive environments and landscapes in which they bloom.





Stonehenge: An Epic Enigma

Wednesday, February 8 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Modern scientists are slowly unlocking Stonehenge’s secrets, but the stone circle remains a uniquely iconic enigma. Kelly Beatty, senior editor at Sky and Telescope magazine, discusses new developments and the enduring mystery of Stonehenge.





The Gothic Chapel

War and Pieces: The Met Cloisters and the Lens of History

Friday, February 10 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

When the Cloisters—the branch of the Metropolitan Museum devoted to the art of the medieval world—opened in 1938, not a word was spoken about the threat of war looming over Europe. Yet ironically, the Cloisters’ very foundations stand in witness to the devastating impact of centuries of war and revolution on artistic heritage. Barbara Drake Boehm, curator emerita of the Met Cloisters, examines the museum’s finest works of art against the backdrop of history.

World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit





Hot-air balloons at sunset, Cappadocia, Türkiye

Discovering Türkiye

Thursday, February 16 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

PBS television host Darley Newman shares great places to discover in Türkiye (the now-official name for Turkey) and how to get the most out of your travels, whether you’re visiting bustling bazaars in Istanbul or venturing off the beaten path. Discover the most intriguing places to experience food, culture, adventure, and history in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Anatolia, Antalya, and the Aegean Coast.





The Grapes of Wrath

Tuesday, February 21 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Novelist John Steinbeck's great work of American fiction, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), depicts the treatment of migrant farm workers in California's Central Valley during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson leads a spirited discussion of The Grapes of Wrath and why its deeply felt themes resonate today.





A Visit from the Old Mistress by Winslow Homer, 1876 (Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Winslow Homer: Capturing an America in Transformation

In-Person Program
Wednesday, February 22 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Winslow Homer (1836–1910) has often been called America’s favorite painter. His work was both quintessentially American and quietly replete with narratives for and about people of all races and ages. Drawing on his new biography, Winslow Homer: American Passage, William R. Cross offers an illustrated look at the man behind the art and examines Homer’s role in American culture.

World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit





I Do Solemnly Swear: A History of Supreme Court Nominations

Thursday, February 23 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Join historian Christopher Brooks as he surveys the history of the Supreme Court, its nominations process, and the politics that have played a role in shaping the Court into what we see today.





Scotland and England: An Imperfect Union

Weekend All-Day Seminar
Saturday, February 25 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Though Scotland is the only part of the island of Britain never to have been conquered by England, the country has always had to reckon with its powerful southern neighbor. Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the remarkable story of the struggle to define Scottish identity over the past thousand years, as the country went from proudly independent kingdom to junior partner within Great Britain.





Back from the Brink: Lessons from Wildlife Species Defying Extinction

Monday, February 27 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Against the bleak backdrop of wildlife species moving toward extinction, there are also glimmers of hope and lessons to be learned from animals that have defied these global trends. Christopher J. Preston, author of Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think About Animals, reveals the mysteries and challenges at the heart of these resurgences.