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SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES Dear Fellow Members, The recently launched American Women’s History Initiative tells the stories of women in this country as only the Smithsonian can: with authority, insight, and a wide-ranging focus that reaches from the nation’s earliest years to the present. Smithsonian Associates is proud to be a partner in the initiative, and programs throughout this month’s guide reflect aspects of the critical role women play in our history and culture. Top journalists Cokie Roberts and April Ryan are among the leading reporters who provide personal perspectives on working the Washington beat (p. 13). Meet professionals as varied as Smithsonian curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy, whose post at the American History Museum includes highlighting the political lives of women (p. 12); immunologist Yasmine Belkaid, director of NIH’s microbiome program (p. 25); and Christina Tosi, founding chef of the Milk Bar empire of sweets (p. 3). Revisit the enduring works of novelists Eudora Welty (p. 5) and Harriet Beecher Stowe (p. 15), and learn how Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Dunbar-Nelson contributed to the District’s rich heritage as a city of writers (p. 4). Spend a day exploring how Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Nevelson, and Cindy Sherman ignited some of the most important and radical developments in American painting, sculpture, and photography (p. 21). These creators—and many more like them—opened the door for women like glass artist Kristel Britcher, whose work is featured on the cover. Women’s stories are American stories and we look forward to sharing them with you, honoring achievements, understanding challenges, and celebrating “her” stories—past, present, and future.

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Living with the Gods Peoples, Objects, and Beliefs As far back as we can tell, tribes, communities, and societies have always struggled to understand their place in the natural or supernatural world. Along with the creation of shared belief systems, they frequently created rituals, monuments, and artifacts to symbolize their spiritual tenets. Neil MacGregor, art historian and former director of the British Museum, explores how items as disparate as the Lion Man (an ivory carving considered to be the oldest known representation of a symbolic being) and an Aztec ritual knife, among others, highlight how belief systems were ritualized and how they strengthened communities. MacGregor explains that spiritual unity often dissipated as early societies expanded or interacted with other cultures with conflicting systems. Moving from objects to current global politics, he analyzes what belief systems throughout history have meant to public life, and how they give us our sense of who we are. MacGregor’s book Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples (Penguin) is available for sale and signing.

Maple Syrup Tapping Into New Trends

Thurs., Nov. 1, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE: 1H0-395; Members $30; Nonmembers $45


Prehistoric mammoth tusk sculpture, known as the Lowenmensch (Lion Man), is an example of early figurative art, dating to ca. 40,000 B.C.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts In his acclaimed What Makes It Great? programs, beloved educator and former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow “gets audiences in tune with classical music at a deeper level than they ever thought possible” (Los Angeles Times). In a three-part format, Kapilow first explores a great musical masterpiece with the audience. Next, the piece is performed in its entirety, followed by a Q&A with the audience and performers. As the Kansas City Star proclaimed, “Not since Leonard Bernstein has classical music had a combination salesman-teacher as irresistible as Kapilow.” Kapilow begins with an exploration of the Rob Kapilow Richard Rodgers Songbook, from “I Wish I Were in Love Again” and “My Funny Valentine,” from Babes in Arms to “If I Loved You,” and “Soliloquy” from Carousel. The featured singers are Michael Winther and Sally Wilfert. Sun., Nov. 4, 6 p.m.; Baird Auditorium, Natural History Museum; CODE 1P0-656; all tickets $25

The maple syrup business is booming, With especially in Vermont, TASTING the nation’s leading maple-producing state. Moving away from refined sugar and corn syrup, more consumers are turning to natural sweeteners, and unprocessed, unadulterated maple syrup—simply boiled tree sap—is about as natural as it gets. At the same time, maple producers are finding innovative ways to showcase a pantry staple that hasn’t changed in a century. New uses include organic black and green teas sweetened with maple, as well as experiments such as bourbon-barrelaged maple syrup, and syrups infused with vanilla bean, cinnamon, and salted caramel. Amanda Voyer, executive director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association, discusses the process by which maple syrup is made, the grading system that classifies syrup, innovations in the business, and new uses for the age-old product. After the program, enjoy a maple syrup tasting, including a maple-inspired cocktail. Wed., Nov. 7, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1L0-224; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

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Culture + Ideas

native Christina Tosi is the founding chef of Milk Bar, dubbed “one of the most exciting bakeries in the country” by Bon Appetit. Milk Bar is beloved for playful desserts like Cereal Milk Soft Serve, Compost Cookies, and its legendary Crack Pie. Join Tosi, in conversation with Tim Carman, Washington Post food reporter, for a special Christina Tosi evening devoted to the sugar-fueled, manically creative cake universe that she captures in her newest cookbook, Milk Bar: All About Cake. In recipes designed for bakers of all skill levels, she offers how-to’s for everything from 2-minute microwave mug cakes to Milk Bar’s signature naked layer cakes and truffles. Tosi also reveals the method behind her team’s creativity–and formulas home bakers can use to invent any cake flavor they can imagine. Following the program, sample treats from D.C.’s new flagship Milk Bar in Logan Circle. Milk Bar: All About Cake (Clarkson Potter) is available for sale and signing.

The Best Beyond Paris

Thurs., Nov. 8, 6:45 p.m.; Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum; CODE 1L0-220; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Wed., Nov. 14, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1W0-041; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Emmy-nominated television host, writer, and producer Darley Newman shares insider’s tips on fascinating destinations in France, which she curated while filming her popular PBS series “Travels with Darley.” She enlisted local experts to guide her through undiscovered neighborhoods, markets, historic sites, and surprising areas of natural beauty and is ready to share practical strategies for exploring destinations well beyond Paris. Newman focuses on the Champagne region, northeastern France, the Côte d’Azur, and Brittany. She highlights the best of smaller Darley Newman filming at Fort La French cities like Verdun with its Latte in Brittany, France WWI battlefields and Antibes with its Picasso connection, along with insider’s tips for popular Cannes and Nice. Attendees enjoy a sneak preview of a brand new With PBS episode devoted to Brittany, where castles and Light coastlines mix with crepes, cider, and Celtic history, as Reception well as a look at some of the production crew’s fun outtakes from the filming. After the program, enjoy a glass of French wine and light appetizers.

Home Cooking, Cuban-style Hot Lunch at Cuba Libre The best food in Cuba can be found in paladares, small private restaurants generally run out of family homes. From Old Havana to Santiago de Cuba, these tiny, hard-to-find places are acclaimed for the bold flavors and fresh ingredients found in a wide range of tempting dishes, from the homey sopa de tamal to the exotic green mango-chayote escabeche. Now the best recipes from Cuba’s paladores have been collected in a new cookbook, Cuba Cooks: Recipes and Secrets from the Cuban Paladares and Their Chefs, co-authored by Guillermo Pernot. Discover the island’s delicious cuisine at a lunch specially prepared by Chef Pernot, featuring dishes served at his hot D.C. restaurant, Cuba Libre. Pernot is a James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur, and chef-partner at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. Cuba Cooks (Rizzoli International Publications) is available for sale and signing. Wed., Nov. 14, 12 noon; Cuba Libre restaurant, 801 9th St NW (Gallery Place Metro, Red line); CODE 1B0-292; Members $65; Nonmembers $75

Cuba Libre Luncheon Menu Entrada (appetizer): Sopa de Tamal (fresh roasted vegetables and Cuban corn tamali, “golden” vegetable broth Principal (entrée): Pez de Manglar (pan-roasted Black King fish, green mango-chayote escabeche, black bean broth Para la Mesa (sides, served family style): Arroz con Calabaza (West Indies calabaza squashJasmine rice pilaf); Caponata Cubana (warm garden vegetables stew) Postre (dessert): Tarta de Chocolate (fallen chocolate soufflé tart, dulce de leche, and chocolateorange sauce blueberry compote




Christina Tosi: All About Cake Travels in France Award-winning pastry with Darley Newman chef, author, and Virginia

Culture + Ideas Loving Lenny

Belgian Beer

Leonard Bernstein at 100

History, Trips, and Sips

Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990) was an American Renaissance Man: composer, conduc-tor, concert pianist, Broadway tunesmith, educator, humanitarian, and so much more. His was a life of fertile creativity and inspiration that could make all of the arts—but especially music—irresistible to millions of people. Like many creative artists, Bernstein’s life was not without controversy. And yet his legacy is that of a beloved icon whose superb musical performances and compositions are central to the American idiom. In a talk highlighted by music recordings, film clips, and photographs, popular Smithsonian music lecturer Fred Plotkin, who knew the maestro for many years, Leonard Bernstein composing music, 1955 explores the dimensions of Bernstein’s musical contributions—Candide, On the Town, Wonderful Town, West Side Story, Mass and Kaddish Symphony, among others. He also discusses Bernstein’s unparalleled impact on American culture and society in the year in which the centennial of his birth is being celebrated around the world.

Belgian beer dates back to the first Crusades, as French and Flemish abbeys brewed and sold the beverage. Today’s traditional artisanal brewing methods were heavily influenced by Belgium’s abbey breweries. Modern abbey breweries’ products tend to include Trappist style beers: dark brown dubbel ale, strong golden tripel ales, and blonde ales. With approximately 235 breweries, Belgium is a mecca A toast to Bruges, Belgium for beer-loving travelers. Chuck Cook, a journalist and photographer, specializes in writing about Belgian beer. He surveys some of Belgian’s breweries and shares tips on making the most of a beer-focused trip through Flanders, Wallonia, and Brussels. Then Tom Peters, owner of Monk’s Café in Philadelphia who has been dubbed the “Godfather of Belgian Beer,” suggests places in America to enjoy authentic Belgian brews. He explores American craft beer’s influence on Belgian makers, talks about his collaboration with Brussels brewery Brasserie de la Senne, and leads a tasting that contrasts their special new double saison labeled Major Tom, with a more traditional saison.


Thurs., Nov. 15, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-992; Members $30; Nonmembers $45


Fri., Nov. 16, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1B0-291; Members $35; Nonmembers $50


Washington: City of Writers A city with a thriving literary tradition, Washington, D.C., has been home to many of our nation’s most acclaimed writers. From Joel Barlow and Francis Scott Key in the early years of the District; to Walt Whitman during the Civil War; the new African American intelligentsia of the Reconstruction era; Henry Adams during the Gilded Age; through Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and the District’s equivalent of the Harlem Renaissance along the U Street corridor, the story of Washington has been a story of writers. For literary enthusiasts, amateur historians, and anyone who wants to learn more about their hometown, local literary historian, writer, and editor Kim Roberts offers a lively cultural overview of our nation’s capital through a literary lens. All participants receive a copy of Roberts’ book, A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C. (UVA Press). Walt Whitman, 1869, by Frank Pearsall

Optional Tour: Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Dunbar-Nelson in LeDroit Park

Zora Neale Hurston, 1938, by Carl Van Vechten

Kim Roberts leads a walking tour focusing on two remarkable writers, Paul Laurence Dunbar and his wife, Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson. She provides context for their life in D.C., discussing the African American intelligentsia who were drawn to LeDroit Park and the surrounding Shaw neighborhood in the years between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War II. Lecture only: Thurs., Nov. 15, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1B0-286; Members $35; Nonmembers $45 (includes book) Lecture plus tour (2 options): Fri., Nov. 16, 10 a.m.–12 noon (CODE 1B0-287) or Sat., Nov. 17, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (CODE 1B0-288); meet at the Shaw/Howard University Metro, 1701 8th St., NW; Members $50; Nonmembers $60



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Culture + Ideas American Authors: 50 States of Mind American literature is filled with unique voices. Discover them in occasional lectures featuring authors from coast to coast

Book Discussion Group

Literature of the South: Defining a Genre

What do certain American novelists have in common that defines them by the honorific “Southern writer”? Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English Department at Georgetown University, leads informal discussions about authors whose works uniquely signify what it means to write about the South. Participants should read the book prior to class. Sherry and cookies are available for refreshment. In her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Optimist’s Daughter (1972), Eudora Welty (Jackson, Mississippi) tells the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left the South. When she returns, years later, to be with her dying father, she comes to an understanding of the past. Nov. 19 Ignatius J. Reilly, the larger-than-life protagonist of A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) by John Kennedy Toole (New Orleans, Louisiana), is an educated but slothful and fractious young man–and a kind of Don Quixote of the French Quarter. In his quest for employment he encounters a variety of colorful New Orleans characters. Winner of a posthumous Pulitzer prize. Dec. 17 In the novel A Lesson Before Dying (1993) by Ernest Gaines (Oscar, Louisiana), a young man returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach, and soon agrees to help an imprisoned black youth facing the chair for a crime he didn’t commit. The two forge a bond as they come to understand the heroism of resisting and defying the expected. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Jan. 14 Individual sessions; Mon., Nov. 19 (CODE 1H0-383B); Dec. 17 (CODE 1H0-383C); Jan. 14 (CODE 1H0-383D); Members $25; Nonmembers $35

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Music City, D.C.

Magical Prague

Beneath the staid surface of Washington, D.C., its musical heartbeat has been constant and influential. The city’s legacy as an incubator for jazz, punk, and go-go has been well documented, but did you know the city has also at times been known as America’s country capital and bluegrass capital, and now, the home of the Anacostia Delta sound? It can also lay claim to being a significant guitar town. Musician, music journalist, music-film documentarian, and radio broadcaster Ken Avis offers glimpses of the character and style of the musicians who created Washington’s musical heritage throughout the 20th century, in forms from blues to jazz A musician performs at an outdoor festival and beyond. Film and in Washington, D.C., at sunset recordings bring legendary musicians to life as Avis explores how social change, technological development, and business innovation shaped the sounds that emerged from D.C.—a political town with a serious music habit.

Lose yourself in Prague, city of a hundred spires, as cultural historian Ursula Wolfman takes you on a virtual tour along its medieval cobblestone lanes and dark passageways, past its many churches and synagogues, into the heart of a city Prague with the Charles Bridge over the Vltava River dominated by the magnificent Hradcany, the 1,100-year-old castle complex. She reveals Prague’s fascinating history; architecture dating from the Romanesque and Gothic periods to the modern era; hidden gems, such as the St. Agnes Convent, which houses one of the world’s most beautiful collections of Romanesque and Gothic art; elegant palaces designed by Italian architects such as Wallenstein Palace; and the city’s exquisite baroque gardens. She also explores wonderful offbeat places such as the Café Slavia, once a haunt of the poet Rilke, and the Jewish Quarter where Kafka was born. You’ll come away with a real feeling for a city steeped in history, challenged by tragedy, and strong in its ongoing story of Czech spirit and triumph.

Wed., Nov. 28, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1B0-290; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Thurs., Nov. 29, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-998; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

The Crown of Bohemia



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Smithsonian Chamber Music Society

Smithsonian Spotlight

THE 42nd SEASON OF THE SMITHSONIAN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Concerts take place in the newly endowed Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music. (Taubman Hall, which has already served SCMS audiences for three seasons, receives its official Museum opening on October 18, when the spaces surrounding it will become enlivened with eight installations showcasing American history through culture, entertainment, and the arts.) Several series, featuring the SCMS’s acclaimed artists, offer musical feasts simply unobtainable anywhere but at the Smithsonian. Kenneth Slowik, SCMS artistic director and recipient of the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award, will again curate a series of pre-concert talks one hour prior to many of the programs, shedding light on the glorious music and the lives and times of the featured composers.

Axelrod String Quartet Stradivarius and Amati



Marilyn McDonald violin

Marc Destrubé violin


2018–2019 Season

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society concerts are held in the intimate Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music, American History Museum

SMITHSONIAN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY AUDIENCES are privy to the unparalleled experience of being able to hear two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolò Amati—in this popular three-concert series. Once again, Haydn—“father of the string quartet”—anchors the Axelrod Quartet’s programming, this time with the two quartets of his Op. 77, the last works he completed in the genre. Following a longstanding January tradition, the ASQ invites a promising quartet in its early career to participate in a gala, all-Stradivarius-and-Amati reading of the Mendelssohn Octet. This year’s choice is the Omer Quartet, the prize-winning graduate quartet-inresidence at the University of Maryland. The program also includes the Second Quartet of Béla Bartók, arguably the most important 20th-century heir to the great classical quartet tradition. The May programs present a string quartet adaptation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue). The four distinct voices of the quartet bring fresh clarity to the learned counterpoint of this masterful late work, originally conceived for keyboard, which was one of the large valedictory projects of Bach’s last decade.

Concert Sat., Jan. 26 (CODE 1P0-635); Sun., Jan. 27 (CODE 1P0-638)

James Dunham viola

Kenneth Slowik violoncello

Axelrod Quartet Concerts 7:30 p.m.; Pre-concert talks 6:30 p.m.; Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music; American History Museum; Members $27; Nonmembers $35


Joseph Haydn: Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2 Bela Bartók: Quartet No. 2, Op. 17 Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 with the Omer Quartet

Concert Sat., May 4 (CODE 1P0-636); Sun., May 5 (CODE 1P0-639)

Omer Quartet Mason Yu and Erica Tursi, violins; Jinsung Hong, viola; Alexander Cox, violoncello

J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 Programs and artists subject to change.


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Culture + Ideas Masterworks of Five Centuries Smithsonian Chamber Players, Smithsonian Consort of Viols In mid-November, Dutch actress Katja Herbers—well known to American audiences for her television appearances in “Manhattan,” “The Americans,” and “Westworld,” but prevented from appearing here last season by an unfortunately timed case of laryngitis—interprets the evocative texts of Reinbert de Leeuw’s Im wunderschönen Monat Mai. The December program begins a succession of concerts reaching until May, featuring works of Bach, Haydn, and Mozart, in which three veteran SCMS violinists and three exceptional players of the younger generation dialogue with keyboardist Kenneth Slowik. In early January, the Smithsonian Consort of Viols plays littleknown but exquisite works of English composers Richard Mico (1590-1661) and William Lawes (1602-1645). In mid-March, Pedja Muzijevic and Slowik offer a program containing some of Schubert’s and Beethoven’s most impressive four-hands works. Longtime SCMS members Vera Beths and Steven Dann return, in the company of two rising stars, for Anton Bruckner’s expansive Quintet in early April.

Sat., Nov. 17 (CODE 1P0-649); Sun., Nov. 18 (CODE 1P0-641)

Katja Herbers

Reinbert de Leeuw: Im wunderschönen Monat Mai: Three times seven Lieder after Schumann and Schubert (2004) Smithsonian Chamber Players: Katja Herbers, actress; Kenneth Slowik, piano and direction Note: no pre-concert talk

Sun., Dec. 16 (CODE 1P0-650) J. S. Bach: Suite in A Major, BWV 806; Sonata in G Major, BWV 1019 Joseph Haydn: Sonata in G Minor, Hob. XVI: 44 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in G Major, K301/293a Smithsonian Chamber Players: Edwin Huizinga, violin; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord and fortepiano

Sat., Jan. 5 (CODE 1P0-642); Sun., Jan. 6 (CODE 1P0-651) Consort Music of Richard Mico and William Lawes Smithsonian Consort of Viols: Kenneth Slowik, Lucine Musaelian, Zoe Weiss, Catherine Slowik, Arnie Tanimoto, viols; with Thomas MacCracken, organ

Sun., Jan. 20 (CODE 1P0-652) J. S. Bach: Suite in A Minor, BWV 807; Sonata in C Minor, BWV1017 Joseph Haydn: Sonata in E Minor, Hob. XVI: 34 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D Major, K306/300l Smithsonian Chamber Players: Marc Destrubé, violin; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord and fortepiano

Masterworks of Five Centuries Concerts at 7:30 p.m.; Pre-concert talks at 6:30 p.m. (except Nov. 17 and 18); Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music, American History Museum; Members $25; Nonmembers $35

Sat., Feb. 2 (CODE 1P0-643) J. S. Bach: Suite in G Minor, BWV 808; Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1014 Joseph Haydn: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in A Major, K305/293d Smithsonian Chamber Players: Marilyn McDonald, violin; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord and fortepiano

Sun., Feb. 17 (CODE 1P0-653) J. S. Bach: Suite in F Major, BWV 809; Sonata in F Minor, BWV 1018 Joseph Haydn: Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI: 40 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in B-flat Major, K454 Smithsonian Chamber Players: Mark Fewer, violin; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord and fortepiano

Sat., March 2 (CODE 1P0-644) J. S. Bach: Suite in E Minor, BWV 810; Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016 Joseph Haydn: Sonata in F Major, Hob. XVI: 23 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in E-flat Major, K302/293b Smithsonian Chamber Players: Adriane Post, violin; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord and fortepiano

Sat., March 16 (CODE 1P0-645); Sun., March 17 (CODE 1P0-654) Ludwig van Beethoven: Three Marches, Op. 45; Große Fuge, Op. 134 Franz Schubert: Rondo in A Major, D 951; Fantasie in F Minor, D 940 Smithsonian Chamber Players: Pedja Muzijevic and Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano

Sat., April 6 (CODE 1P0-646); Sun., April 7 (CODE 1P0-655) Robert Schumann: Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3 Anton Bruckner: Quintet in F Major, WAB 112 Smithsonian Chamber Players: Vera Beths and Meredith Riley, violin; Steven Dann and Jasper Snow, viola; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello

Sat., May 11 (CODE 1P0-647) J. S. Bach: Suite in D Minor, BWV 811; Sonata in A Major, BWV 1015 Joseph Haydn: Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI: 37 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in C Major, K303/293c Smithsonian Chamber Players: Aisslinn Nosky, violin; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord and fortepiano

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Culture + Ideas Dante’s Divine Comedy A Timeless Journey The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges said that no one should ever deny themselves the pleasure of reading Dante. Take Borges at his word, and let the artistry of Dante’s epic poem delight and amaze you. The Divine Comedy offers us the most familiar, yet most mysterious of all spectacles. Frank Ambrosio, director of Georgetown University’s My Dante Project, lays out a roadmap that enables participants to experience the Comedy as Dante intended: a Dante Running from the Three Beasts, 1826, journey of his self-discovery, by William Blake both terrible and sublime, set in a landscape as varied as the array of unforgettable characters who reside there. It is a poem that speaks to us at the level of our basic humanity. For readers, it can be a rewarding journey of personal discovery, too. 9:30 a.m. Introduction: “In the Middle of Life’s Journey” 11 a.m. Inferno: “Abandon All Hope Who Enter Here” 12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own) 1:30 p.m. Purgatorio: Freedom and Forgiveness 3 p.m. Paradiso: The Joy of the White Rose Dante and the Divine Comedy, 1465, by Domenico di Michelino in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy

Sat., Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-997; Members $90; Nonmembers $140

Developing Character and Plot in Fiction Writing

Sherlock Holmes in the Magnifying Glass

An Organic Approach to Story Telling

The Game’s Afoot!

Where do ideas for creating fictional characters come from? How are these ideas developed so that characters are both believable and complex? In this daylong program, writer Elizabeth Poliner leads a lively exploration of these questions through discussion and the use of in-class writing exercises. After developing characters through various techniques, learn how an understanding of character can generate a story’s plot. By the end of the seminar, participants may have enough material at hand to go home and write a great story! (Please bring writing materials to class.)

2:45 p.m. Combining Character and Plot To Arrive at Story

There’s no mystery why the fame of Sherlock Holmes now stretches into a third century or why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is firmly established as one of the most popular and best-loved writers of all time. The era of gaslight and hansom cabs is long past, but the redoubtable detective is enjoying a fresh surge of popularity, fueled by a blockbuster movie franchise and modern-day television adaptations on both sides of the Atlantic. “I hear of Sherlock everywhere,” as the detective’s brother Mycroft once remarked. This evening, we turn a magnifying glass on the legendary sleuth of Baker Street and his creator with writer Daniel Stashower, author of Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan With Doyle. The program also features actor Scott Reception Sedar reading some of Conan Doyle’s classic works. A reception follows the program. As Holmes himself remarked, “Come at once if convenient—if inconvenient, come all the same!”

Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–3:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-381; Members $110; Nonmembers $160

Wed., Dec. 5, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-392; Members $45; Nonmembers $60

10 a.m. How To Create Believable Fictional Characters 11:30 a.m. Techniques for Getting To Know Your Characters Before You Start Writing Your Story

With Lunch


12:30 p.m. Lunch (boxed lunch provided) 1:30 p.m. Understanding the Connection Between Character and Plot


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Culture + Ideas Pie, Squared The Tasty Case for Slab Pies

An apple pie by Cathy Barrow

Anyone who has ever rolled out and crimped a fussy round pie With crust knows “easy as pie” is a Tasting completely false simile. Enter Cathy Barrow, food writer and avid pie maker, who champions the versatile and crowd-pleasing slab pie, baked in a sheet pan. It’s a version she claims is eye-opening to those accustomed to the classic round shape. Barrow draws on her new cookbook Pie Squared as she shares her love of pies and discusses recipes for a variety of crusts and different sweet and savory combinations. She also offers a pie-making demonstration and, of course, a slice of slab pie. Pie Squared (Grand Central) is available for sale and signing

Thurs., Dec. 6, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1B0-293; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Champagne Cocktails Want some great cocktail ideas for celebrating the holidays? With Boost your entertaining chops Cocktails up a few notches with some classic combinations that include Champagne, such as the French 75, the Bellini, the Death in the Afternoon, the Mimosa, the Buck’s Fizz, and that venerable classic, the Champagne Cocktail, the libation Zelda Fitzgerald referred to as “the mark of urban sophistication.” Learn some of the history behind these cocktails and hear anecdotes about the colorful characters who enjoyed sipping them, including Cole Porter, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Maurice Chevalier. Join Philip Greene, author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail, and A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris, for a sparkling and spirited evening of food, drink, and enlightening discussion. Greene’s books are available for purchase and signing at the program. Mon., Dec. 10, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-391; Members $50; Nonmembers $65

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Emerson String Quartet The Emerson String Quartet stands apart in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades, including more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, and the Avery Fisher Prize. The quartet (violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton, and cellist Paul Watkins) continues its 40th season at the Smithsonian.

Concert Schumann: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41 No. 2; String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101 Sun., Dec. 9, 6 p.m.; Baird Auditorium, Natural History Museum; CODE 1P0-630; Members $50; Nonmembers $60

Concert Copland: Lento; Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110; Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1 Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 6 p.m.; Baird Auditorium, Natural History Museum; CODE 1P0-631; Members $50; Nonmembers $60

Concert Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor; Wernick: String Quartet No. 10 (Washington, D.C., Premiere); Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68 Sun., April 7, 6 p.m.; Baird Auditorium, Natural History Museum; CODE 1P0-632; Members $50; Nonmembers $60

Concert Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2; String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 Sun., May 19, 6 p.m.; Baird Auditorium, Natural History Museum; CODE 1P0-633; Members $50; Nonmembers $60 All programs subject to change.





A New Year of Delightful Destinations A Preview of Overnight Tours for 2019

Our study tours are designed for people who want more than just a getaway: They offer one-of-a-kind experiences combined with opportunities to gain new insights into the topics that fascinate you. Whether you’re a fan of history, art, music, science, nature, or architecture—or simply love exploring new places—these expert-led excursions offer a year’s worth of tempting travels. Several of our most popular tours return to the schedule, offering you another chance to join us on these adventures—before they sell out again! Note: All tour dates and content are subject to change.

Spring in the Shenandoahs May 18–19 Celebrate the beauty of Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park as you hike its trails, participate in ranger-led programs, and take in the panoramas from Skyland, your historic lodge nestled along Skyline Drive. Leader: Keith Tomlinson

Fallingwater An In-Depth Exploration March 31–Apr. 1 (on sale Dec. 1) The early-spring landscape throws the spectacular design and setting of Fallingwater into high relief. This expandedaccess visit offers an opportunity to appreciate this masterwork anew. Leader: Bill Keene

Chesapeake Heritage May 4–5 A visit to Southern Maryland connects art, history, ecology, and geology to examine the web of life in, on, and around the Chesapeake Bay. Leader: Hayden Mathews

A Trio of Museum Gems An Artful Weekend in New York Jan. 12–13 (see p. 20) Enjoy an escape to Manhattan that includes the Neue Gallery, Morgan Library and Museum, and Frick Collection—and a night on the town for yourself. Leader: Ursula Rehn Wolfman

The Best of Brooklyn Apil. 14–15 and April 28–29 Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and food. An arts journalist and former Brooklynite introduces you to several of its top attractions. Leader: Richard Selden

A Mountain Rail Extravaganza All Eyes on Pittsburgh March 10–12 (on sale Dec. 1) An art-filled four days—highlighted by the 57th Carnegie International—shows off how the city of smokestacks and steel has been reborn as a cultural capital. Leader: Richard Selden



June 7–9 Stunning spring vistas, vintage locomotives, and West Virginia history are on the itinerary for a weekend spent riding the Cass Scenic Railroad and other mountain routes. Leader: Joe Nevin

Theodore Roosevelt’s North Dakota Sept. 11–15 Fly west and experience the wild beauty of the Dakota Territory that shaped young Theodore Roosevelt’s course as a conservationist and naturalist. Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

The Corning Museum of Glass Oct. 30-Nov. 2 This glass-lover’s dream tour offers a true insider’s experience at the renowned museum, including many curatorconducted sessions. Leader: Sheila Pinsker

Additional tours (details and dates to be announced)

An Artful Weekend in New York in August Here’s a perfect getaway for art aficionados: Take in a trio of museum exhibitions, enjoy an evening on your own, and stay at a grand Jazz-Age hotel. Leader: Ursula Rehn Wolfman

Design and Architecture in Focus

Discover Staten Island This often-overlooked borough holds unique attractions: a Tibetan art museum, the 19th-century Sailors’ Snug Harbor, the charming home of a pioneering woman photographer—and, naturally, great food. Leader: Richard Selden

Visits to the High Line, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, and Yale University reveal the innovations and traditions behind the creative synergy of architecture and design. Leader: Bill Keene

Autumn in Hyde Park Follow the Hudson to FDR’s family home and presidential library, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Cottage, the opulent Vanderbilt Mansion, and the Culinary Institute of America. Leader: Bill Keene

Niagara Falls A Summer Spectacular in July This visit to one of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders includes all the don’t-miss attractions of Niagara Falls—and a memorable dinner in a historic Ontario town. Leader: Jim Zimbelman

Adventures on the C&O Trail An excursion along the towpaths of West Virginia is the ideal fall outing for fans of history and hiking. The tour includes a stay in Berkeley Springs. Leader: Garrett Peck




Culture + Ideas Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs

Religion and Politics As a secular and educational cultural institution, the Smithsonian’s touchpoints with religion and politics are diverse and sometimes surprising. The latest in this occasional series explores the age-old dichotomy of church and state, as seen through the work of two Smithsonian staff members. At the American History Museum, curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy spends her time taking care of the desk Thomas Jefferson used to write the Declaration of Independence; hunting for signs at protest rallies; dodging balloons while chasing delegates in funny hats at political conventions; greeting first ladies; deciding how to tell the story of voting rights in 1,000 square feet; and planning ways to tell more stories about the political lives of women. Graddy shares the excitement and inspiration that comes with the job of researching, collecting, and displaying the variety of ways that Americans have engaged with and influenced their government and continue to shape our democracy. Across the street at the African American History and Culture Museum, Brad Braxton, director of the Center for the Study of African American Lisa Kathleen Graddy poses near Religious Life, explores the role of religion in the Smithsonian’s newest the woman suffrage wagon museum. According to Braxton, a chief characteristic of Africana people is a deep appreciation for the spirit and the marvelously diverse ways in which they define it: as tribal gods, elemental forces, human capacity, community wisdom, and religious rituals and artifacts that serve as links to a sacred universe. By establishing a center on religion as a key part of the museum, the Smithsonian emphasizes the indispensable role of religion in the African American journey, and by Brad Braxton delivers an address extension, in the broader American experience. on religion at the 2018 Smithson-


Smithsonian Spotlight

ian Martin Luther King, Jr. event

Tues., Dec. 11, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1A0-071; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Finding Allah in the Qur’an Who is Allah? The teachings and the temperament of the figure at the center of the world’s second-largest A Qur’an religion have drawn widely varying—and often controversial—interpretations over the course of the centuries. Drawing on his new book, God in the Qur’an, noted religious scholar Jack Miles undertakes to clarify that question of identity by portraying the unique nature of Allah as reflected in the context of the Qur’an and in interactions with humanity. Setting passages from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur’an side by side, Miles suggests a way for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to better understand and interpret the beliefs of a people and the deity whom they worship. Jane McAuliffe, director of national and international outreach at the Library of Congress and editor of The Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an, leads the conversation. Miles is a distinguished professor emeritus of English and religious studies at the University of California, Irvine, and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book God: A Biography. God in the Qur’an (Knopf) is available for sale and signing. Wed., Dec. 12, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1L0-229; Members $20; Nonmembers $30



Auctioning the Past A Fossil Smuggler Pays the Price From the rush to uncover dinosaur bones in the 19th century American West to recent discoveries in the Middle East and Asia, the hunt for fossils has long captured the imagination of scientists and the public—and in particular, those of “commercial” paleontologists. One such dealer was Eric Prokopi, whose singular obsession with fossils was the basis for a thriving business. In 2012, he attempted to auction in New York City a nearly complete 8-foot high, 24-foot long skeleton of a T. bataar from Mongolia–for $1 million. The Mongolian president’s demand for the bones’ return exposed the black market for dinosaur fossils and landed Prokopi in prison. Drawing on her new book, The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy, Paige Williams, a staff writer at The New Yorker, illuminates the perilous world of the illicit fossil trade through Prokopi’s unfortunate obsession in a conversation with The Atlantic’s Ed Yong. The Dinosaur Artist (Hachette Books) is available for sale and signing. Mon., Dec. 17, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1L0-230; Members $20; Nonmembers $30

Tarbosaurus baatar Published ticket prices are subject to change, depending on availability.

Culture + Ideas American Authors: 50 States of Mind American literature is filled with unique voices. Discover them in occasional lectures featuring authors from coast to coast

J.D. Salinger The Eloquent Recluse New York City born author J.D. Salinger hoped to drop from public view. His extraordinary seclusion was a massive failure. On the centenary of his birth, Salinger’s life and legacy has fed a public fascination with him that equals the fervor over his most famous novel, Catcher in the Rye, and its protagonist Holden Caulfield. Before writing Catcher he was already a beloved storyteller touching lives with stories Illustration of J. D. Salinger by such as A Perfect Day for Robert Vickrey used for the cover of Time magazine, 1961 Bananafish and Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut. Popular later novels include Franny and Zooey, With and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters. Reception Join us for an evening of love and squalor as author Daniel Stashower explores Salinger’s life and legacy and actor Scott Sedar reads a selection of his most celebrated works. There is a reception after the program. Mon., Jan. 7, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-403; Ripley Center; Members $45; Nonmembers $60

Voices From the Fourth Estate Veteran Journalists and the News Nobody seems to have a neutral opinion about journalists, particularly now. They’re looked up to as a “last best hope for the republic” or denounced as “enemies of the people”—or something in between. Decide for yourself when you get first-hand insights into today’s reporters as some of the best of the best discuss life in the trenches: Cokie and Steve Roberts, Washington veterans who have seen it all and know how the nation’s capital really works; April Ryan, the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House, who has staked out a unique vantage point at the intersection of politics and race; Michael Isikoff, the chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo news and past national investigative correspondent for NBC News and Newsweek; Paul Danahar, BBC’s Americas bureau chief and its former Middle East bureau chief; and Lawrence O’Donnell, the host of MSNBC’s “Last Word” whose multifaceted Washington experience includes working on the Senate Finance Committee to writing for TV’s “West Wing.” Michael Isikoff

Steven Roberts

April Ryan

JAN 29 April Ryan

Evangelicalism in America Every election cycle, American evangelicals are a demographic force to be reckoned with for journalists, pundits, politicians, and political strategists. But it was not always so. Who exactly are the evangelicals—and what does the term “evangelical” even mean? Joseph Slaughter, assistant professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, examines the complexity of a group that spans multiple denominations, regions, and ethnicities. Slaughter traces the 400-year-old story of evangelicalism in America, from its origins in the 16th and 17th centuries to its periods of growth in Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, aver- adherents and influence ages more than 50,000 attendees per week through the 20th. He highlights key doctrines, figures, and events that informed what it has meant to be an evangelical in America.

JAN 15 Cokie and Steve Roberts

Cokie Roberts

FEB 12 Michael Isikoff FEB 26 Paul Danahar MAR 12 Lawrence O’Donnell

Paul Danahar

Lawrence O’Donnell

5 sessions; Tues., Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 12, 7–8:30 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-405; Members $110; Nonmembers $160; books available for sale and signing after program: Cokie Roberts, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 (Harper); Steve Roberts, Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America (Harper); April Ryan, Under Fire: Reporting from the Frontlines of the Trump White House (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers); Michael Isikoff, Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Twelve); Lawrence O’Donnell, Deadly Force (HarperCollins) is pre-signed

Wed., Jan 9, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-397; Members $30; Nonmembers $45



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Inside Shakespeare For more than 400 years, Shakespeare’s plays have been part of our lives: quoted in the taverns of 16th-century London and filling stages and screens across the globe today. His histories, tragedies, and comedies have informed and shaped our language and culture, capturing the human condition, exploring what it means to love and to hate, and displaying the humorous and the absurd sides of life. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger goes “inside Shakespeare” to examine the playwright and his plays through discussion, examination of language, and clips of productions. 9:30 a.m. What Makes Shakespeare “Shakespeare”? 11 a.m. The Histories: “All is true”? Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop

12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own) 1:30 p.m. The Tragedies: “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come?”

A Toast to the Rat Pack

3 p.m. The Comedies: What “might well have made our sport a comedy?” Cobbe portrait, claimed to be a portrait of William Shakespeare done while he was alive, 1610, unknown artist

Sat., Jan. 26, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-001; Members $90; Nonmembers $140

The extraordinary world that J.K. Rowling created in the very first Harry Potter book in 1997 has expanded into a universe that millions of readers and moviegoers have embraced. The roots of that world, though, reach far deeper in time, to cultural traditions of magic and folklore that have captivated imaginations for centuries. Cristian Petru Panaite delves Phoenix illustration by Jim Kay; © Bloomsbury Publishing into the real-world origins of some of Rowling’s literary fantasies as he connects the subjects studied at Hogwarts School with historical objects such as a 16th-century alchemical scroll; a narwhal tusk; the first written record of the incantation “abracadabra,” dating from the 13th century; a 1699 celestial globe, and rare medieval bestiaries with descriptions of dragons. Panaite is associate curator of exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society, where the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic is currently on view. Wed., Jan. 16, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1L0-233; Members $25; Nonmembers $35; Children 10–15 years old $15


The Stories Behind Harry Potter’s Magic

Spend a delightful evening with the Rat Pack: Frank With Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Cocktails Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and other members of the swingin’, high-living gang. Learn how an informal group of show-biz friends took over the Las Vegas casino scene—and symbolized ’60s-style cool onstage and off. They were part of an era of great music, and of course, great cocktails and fine spirits. Sample a few favorites (last call for Flame of Love!) as author and co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail Philip Greene and Noah Rothbaum, author and the Daily Beast’s senior editor for drink and food, present a spirited look at the Rat Pack. Mon., Jan. 28, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-402; Members $50; Nonmembers $65

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Culture + Ideas Bach and Handel Two Titans of the Baroque Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel form the twin creative peaks of the 18th century. Though they were born in the same country in 1685 and knew each other’s music, they never met. Both were skilled and inspired beyond their contemporaries in the arts of instrumental and vocal music, and in the craftsmanship of Baroque contrapuntal composition. Yet, their music, personal qualities, and circumstances of life are so strikingly different that each man’s accomplishments stand in brilliant opposition to the other’s. In six sessions, Saul Lilienstein compares and contrasts the contributions of these two geniuses, analyzing some of their greatest works, their most treasured musical moments, and the gifts that each bestowed.

In conversation with Cokie Roberts

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, 1739-1742, by Johann Sebastian Bach


JAN 29 From Apprenticeship to Professional Recognition FEB 5 Handel in London, Bach in Weimar FEB 12 In the Service of Aristocracy FEB 19 The Impresario of London FEB 26 The Cantor of Leipzig MAR 5 The Final Years Opening page of George Frideric Handel’s original manuscript of Messiah, 1741

David Rubenstein on Philanthropy

6 sessions; Tues., Jan 29–March 5, 12–1:30 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-005; Members $100; Nonmembers $150

In 1987, David Rubenstein co-founded the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms. Carlyle’s success has enabled Rubenstein to increasingly focus his attention on philanthropy. He was an original signer of the Giving Pledge, and has fostered the development of “patriotic philanthropy” with gifts to David Rubenstein the National Park Service, National Archives, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the Smithsonian, where he serves as chairman of the Board of Regents. Join Rubenstein and award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts for an evening that covers personal stories, philanthropy, economics, and the importance of preserving and interpreting American history. Cokie Roberts Tues., Feb. 5, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1B0-294; Members $20; Nonmembers $30

Smithsonian Book Discussion Series

The Books That Fought Slavery The long fight against American slavery produced some of the most powerful autobiographies and works of fiction in American history written by men and women, both black and white, who were central figures in the struggle to destroy race slavery. Historian Richard Bell focuses on outstanding books in this genre in lively sessions that include inclusive discussions driven by comments and questions. Sherry and cookies are available for refreshment. Please read the month’s book before each session. JAN 31 Frederick Douglass, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) FEB 28 Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) MAR 28 William Wells Brown, Clotel (1853) APR 25 Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave (1853) 4 sessions; Thurs., Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-006; Members $90; Nonmembers $140



Art + Design World Art History Certificate core course: Earn 1 credit

The Art of India From the Indus Valley to Independence From its origins in the ancient Harappan civilization along the Indus River to the present, the complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. In this riveting course, Robert DeCaroli, professor in the department of history and art history at George Mason University, highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent. Learn about the emergence of the Vedic tradition, the first large-scale empires in the Gangetic Basin, and the beginnings of the Jain and Buddhist traditions. Explore the creative fervor that followed the arrival of the Kushan kings, including new forms of figural art and rock-cut architecture, and the grand tradition of Hindu art and architecture. Trace the creation of grand temples and spectacular bronze work in the southern portions of the subcontinent, and the early embrace of a new religious tradition, Islam, in the north. Experience the splendor of the Mughal court at its height and the influence of foreign merchants and mercenaries as the court’s power faded. NOV 7 Origins of South Asian Culture NOV 14 Kingdoms, Caves, and Temples NOV 28 Southern Dynasties and Northern Newcomers DEC 5 The Mughal Court, the British Raj, and the Nationalists

Taj Mahal

NEW DATES: 4 sessions; Wed., Nov. 7, 14, 28, and Dec. 5 (no class Nov. 21), 12–2 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0384; Members $90; Nonmembers $140

Cave painting of Bodhisattva Padmapani, in Ajanta, ca. 2nd century, B.C.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit

Fortresses and Fantasies The Châteaux of the Loire Valley From forbidding fortresses to charming châteaux and castles, the splendid structures of the Loire Valley reflect lives of opulence and intrigue. Medieval fortresses built for defense with moats and towers gradually gave way to spectacular Renaissance pleasure palaces. Sumptuous elegance, not comfort, was the primary design principle of the châteaux. Ornamented with paintings and sculptures and surrounded by reflecting pools and perfectly manicured gardens, they make the mansions of today’s rich and famous seem austere by comparison Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton showcases these romantic and historic places, and sets them in the context of French history. Step into the medieval and Renaissance eras; follow the shift from fortress to castle; discover spectacular examples of the high life along the Loire (Château de Chambord has a miniature village on its roof); and explore the sumptuous gardens in the Loire Valley. Appropriately, the afternoon includes a break to enjoy a glass of French wine. 10 a.m. The Days of Knights

The 16th-century château and formal gardens of Villandry in the Loire Valley, France

11:15 a.m. Country Life and Court Life 12:30 p.m. Lunch (French-inspired boxed lunch is provided) 1:30 p.m. Luxury and Liaisons 2:45 p.m. Break for a glass of wine and a Parisian-inspired snack 3:15 p.m. Renaissance Gardens Château of Chenonceau



Sat., Nov. 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-385; Members $120; Nonmembers $170 Published ticket prices are subject to change, depending on availability.


World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit

Art Deco Vibrant, Eclectic, and Dynamic With the advent of the Jazz Age, the art world searched for modern forms and decorative motifs to reflect this exciting new era. They were found in bold geometric shapes such as chevrons, lozenges, zigzags, and sunbursts and in contemporary technology and the materials. By using all major media, including glass, ceramic, metal, wood, textiles, paper, marble, and paint, and drawing on a variety of historical sources including ancient Egypt, the classical world, and Asian art, the vibrant art deco movement soon reflected modern living, the machine age, and the skyscraper. Corner cabinet designed by Emile-Jacques Art historian Bonita Billman evokes the Ruhlmann, ca. 1923 contemporary masters of art deco, and highlights examples of the style in architecture, furniture, interiors, fashions, advertisements, and films. 9:30 a.m. Art Deco’s Origins 11 a.m. Le Jazz Hot: French Art Deco 12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own) 1:30 p.m. Art Deco in England and the Empire

Art deco house in South Beach, Florida

3 p.m. American Art Deco and Streamline Moderne Sat., Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-993; Members $90; Nonmembers $140

You love art. Now go deeper. Earn a Smithsonian Associates’ Certificate in World Art History Expert teachers examine the major creators, movements, and historical periods that shaped art across civilizations and centuries. The certificate program offers a personalized approach to expanding your knowledge and appreciation of art. Once you join, you gain access to free tours, regular meet and greets, and a private Facebook page where ideas can percolate. Core courses and electives are selected from courses, seminars, study tours, and studio art classes. Look for “World Art History Certificate” throughout the program guide to see current listings.

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Art + Design World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King As a Sun King and absolute monarch, Louis XIV was used to demanding and getting the very best in 17th-century France. With Versailles, he got that and more. The massive structure, with its mirrored halls and magnificent gardens, was built in 1662. It reflected the collaborative effort of some of the world’s premier architects, landscape designers, and artists. As the monarch’s seat of government, at one time, it was home to nearly 8,000 people involved in the affairs of state and society. As befitted the luxurious tastes of its owner, the palace became the hotbed for fashion, food, design, music, and, of course, some delicious court intrigue. Versailles was the principal residence of future kings of France up to the French Revolution. Today, it is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. Art historian Stefanie Walker unravels the tangled history of Versailles, and provides a guide to the main features of the palace and gardens, which have inspired imitations the world over.

The Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Thurs., Dec. 6, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-393; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

Philadelphia’s Historic 18th-Century Neighborhood Philadelphia in the late 18th century was a busy center of commerce, and many wealthy citizens sought elegant country retreats to escape the city. The six historic houses in Fairmount Park, along the Schuylkill River, offer a glimpse into the lives of prominent Philadelphians during an important time in history, just prior to and after the American Revolution. The houses reflect a range of architectural styles, from the symmetry of Palladian style to the lightness of the federal, with a love of neoclassicism that continued into the 19th century. Three of the houses—known as the “Charms”—open their doors to a special holiday-season guided tour for Smithsonian Associates. Lemon Hill, a classically inspired 1800 mansion, has unusual oval rooms featuring unique curved doors and fireCedar Grove places; Strawberry Mansion, built around 1789, incorporates both Federal and Greek Revival styles, and its grounds include a charming secret garden; and mid-18th-century Cedar Grove contains an extensive collection of furniture and decorative arts, with many objects from the Quaker family who built it and owned it for generations. The tour also visits the architecturally significant Fairmount Water Works, a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1815, its exterior was modeled on a grand country house. Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture, serves as the tour leader. Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; bus departs from the Mayflower Hotel, Connecticut Ave. and DeSales St., NW, with a pickup stop at the DoubleTree Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland, about 8:10 a.m.; lunch at Chima’s Brazilian Steakhouse included; boxed dinner and refreshments served on return trip; Lemon Hill is currently unfurnished; CODE 1ND-A12; Members $220; Nonmembers $270 TOUR

Strawberry Mansion



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Art + Design World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit

Fin-de Siècle Vienna


The Cradle of Modernity As the 19th century drew to a close, Vienna was a city at the heart of a vanishing world power. It was also an incubator for some of With the most important figures in the arts, letters, and philosophy: LUNCH Sigmund Freud, Robert Musil, Gustav Klimt, Arnold Schoenberg, and Egon Schiele, to name few. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores the ways in which the mixing of cultures, faiths, and worldviews in fin-desiècle Vienna made the city the cradle of modernity in Central Europe. 9:30 a.m. The “Cosmopolis” of a Dying Empire

The Kiss, 1908, by Gustav Klimt

11 a.m. Breaking with the Past 12:15 p.m. Lunch (boxed lunch provided) 1:15 p.m. Egon Schiele: The Gaze toward the Interior Self-Portrait with Physalis, 1912, by Egon Schiele

2:45 p.m. Arnold Schoenberg to Oskar Kokoschka: Anxiety and Its Expression

Sat., Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-394; Members $110; Nonmembers $160

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit

The Divine Michelangelo


His Life and His Works Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) had an artistic career that spanned more than seven decades, during which he produced some of the most extraordinary works of art in history. The “Divine Michelangelo,” as he was known, was the first true master of the major artistic disciplines of sculpture, painting, and architecture. Early Renaissance specialist Rocky Ruggiero examines his epic life. At the age of 14 Michelangelo was invited to join Lorenzo di Medici’s school for the artistically gifted, where he was exposed to classical art, literature, and philosophy. At 23 he exploded onto the Roman art scene with his Pieta. His iconic statue of David soon followed. By the age of 30, Michelangelo was Europe’s preeminent sculptor. In 1506, Pope Julius II, asked him to cover the Sistine Chapel’s massive ceiling with a fresco cycle. The result was some of history’s most beautiful and revolutionary paintings. In 1536, Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel to begin his other great painting, The Last Fresco of the Libyan Sibyl, ca. 1511, Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo Judgement, and at 71 was appointed as head architect of St. Peter’s Basilica, a project that would occupy the rest of his life. 10 a.m. The Early Years (1475–1498) 11 a.m. Stardom (1498–1506) 12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own) 1:15 p.m. Julius II and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling (1506–1515) 2:45 p.m. The Medici Popes and the Roman Exile (1515–1564) The Pieta, 1499, by Michelangelo

Sat., Dec. 15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1W0-042; Members $90; Nonmembers $140




Art + Design Christmas with the First Ladies Decking the Halls at the White House No home in America celebrates the holidays quite like the White House, and behind each annual celebration is a first lady who lends her own distinctive style to the festivities. Coleen Christian Burke, a professional decorator who was a 2014 White House design partner, surveys the signature holiday decorating approaches of modern residents from Jackie Kennedy to Melania Trump, reveals how White House decorating themes are developed, and shares favorite first-family Christmas memories. Learn how the annual gingerbread house grew into the imposing confection it is today; how pets from Socks and Buddy Clinton to Barney Bush and Bo and Sunny Obama influenced holiday decor; and what it takes to plan and implement a White House holiday theme such as A Children’s Winter Wonderland in 2014. Finally, she demonstrates how to make candy-cane centerpieces favored by Laura Bush, followed by a discussion of the role crafts have played in the White House seasonal décor. See samples of hand-made decorations including Lady Bird Johnson’s wildflower ornaments, Rosalynn Carter’s birthday-hat ornaments, and Michelle Obama’s gingerbread figures. Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1W0-043; Members $45; Nonmembers $55

The White House decorated for the holidays


World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

A Trio of Museum Gems An Artful Weekend in New York Treat yourself to an art-filled weekend escape to Manhattan that gives you plenty of time to take in guided visits of three distinctive and stunning smaller museums—and a night on the town to enjoy as you like. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfman leads the tour, which offers the rare opportunity to visit the famed Neue Gallery before it opens to the public for the day. Housed in a beautiful 1914 mansion on Museum Mile, the gallery focuses on German and Austrian art and design from 1890 to 1950 and includes works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Josef Hoffmann, Max Beckmann, and artists of the expressionist movement and Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, by Gustav Klimt the Bauhaus. The Morgan Library and Museum—an opulent Renaissance-inspired private library designed for banker and collector Pierpont Morgan in 1904—houses illuminated manuscripts, rare books, literary and historical manuscripts, music manuscripts, and drawings. The former residence of another Gilded Age figure, Henry Clay Frick, is now the Frick Collection, a museum and research center whose holdings grew from the Old Master paintings and European sculpture and decorative arts acquired by its namesake. The museum includes several gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., as well as an interior Morgan Library and Museum garden court by John Russell Pope. Participants stay in the historic Roosevelt Hotel, restored to its Jazz-Age glamour and with a midtown Manhattan location that makes it an ideal base for Saturday evening on your own.


Courtyard in the Frick Collection




Sat., Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m.–Sun., Jan. 13, 10:30 p.m.; bus departs from the Mayflower Hotel, Connecticut Ave. and DeSales St., NW, with a pickup at the DoubleTree Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland, at about 9:10 a.m.; price includes Saturday boxed lunch en route and Sunday breakfast and early three-course supper at the Brass Rail; singles registering at the double-room rate are paired (on a nonsmoking basis) if possible, but must pay the single-room supplement ($105) otherwise; details mailed about four weeks prior to departure; purchase of trip insurance recommended; CODE 1NNFNJ; Members $550; Nonmembers $720


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World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit


Visual Literacy: The Art of Seeing The ability to derive meaning from what we see is an essential skill in a culture saturated with images. Much like other forms of communication, it is a way of making a statement—but visually, not verbally. Think of visual elements as the vocabulary of art: line, shape, space, texture, and color. These are the things in an art work—no matter what kind or where or when it was made—that help determine its content. Once you understand this language, reading images, particularly art, is not only simpler but infinitely more gratifying. Using outstanding works from Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir the history of art as well as images from popular culture, Lisa Passaglia Bauman, associate professor of art history at George Mason University, focuses on how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it, and how we can see it as a cultural product that reveals something about the society that produced it. 9:30 a.m. The Visual Elements of Art 11 a.m. The Principles of Design 12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own) 1:15 p.m. Iconography: Understanding Symbols and Meaning 2:30 p.m. Is There a Correct Way To Appreciate Art? Sat., Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-407; Members $90; Nonmembers $140

The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434, Jan van Eyck

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1 credit

Four Pivotal American Women Artists Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Nevelson, and Cindy Sherman worked at different periods and in different media and styles. However, they did share one thing: the desire to ignore society’s dictates and live and work according to their own. Art historian Nancy G. Heller examines how these controversial artists helped to ignite some of the most important and radical developments in modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography. 9:30 a.m. Mary Cassatt:

A Pennsylvanian in Paris

Sunrise, 1916, by Georgia O'Keeffe

11 a.m. Georgia O’Keeffe: More

Than Just Flowers and Skulls 12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own) 1:30 p.m. Louise Nevelson: Grande Dame of Abstract Sculpture 3 p.m. Cindy Sherman: Self-Portraits That Look Nothing Like Her Mother and Child (A Goodnight Hug), 1880, by Mary Cassatt

Sat., Jan. 26, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-003; Members $90; Nonmembers $140

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Art + Design World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Photography: A Hands-on History

The Medieval Illuminated Manuscript

JAN 25 The Beginnings of Still Photography Project: A portable camera obscura FEB 1 Pictorialism and Realism: Clarence White, Gertrude Casebier, Ansel Adams, Imogene Cunningham, Edward Weston Project: Cyanotypes FEB 8 Surrealists in Photography: Man Ray, Laszlo Maholy Nagy, Andre Kertész Project: Ray-o-grams FEB 15 The Portrait in Photography Project: Retouching a portrait in Lightroom FEB 22 Project: Retouching and hand-painting photographs Cyanotype by Patricia Howard

MAR 1 Contemporary Photography

6 sessions; Fri., Jan. 25–March 1, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; CODE 1K00GQ; Members $195; Nonmembers $245

Praising God with Exquisite Beauty TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY, DUBLIN

Trace photography’s development as an art form with With art historian and photographer Patricia Howard. Create your own imagery using 19th- and 20th-century Studio Projects techniques and processes in this course appropriate for photographers of all experience levels as well as wouldbe photographers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the form’s technical and artistic evolution. Sessions are comprised of hands-on projects enhanced by lecture.

The Book of Kells, the Lindisfarne Gospels, and other sumptuous illuminated books created in Ireland and northern Britain between the 7th and 9th centuries are as astonishing for their beauty as their imaginative details of interlaced patterns and peculiar beasts rendered in saturated colors. But what do these strange and often humorous decorations have to do Christ Enthroned in the Book of Kells, with the sacred Gospel ca. 800 text and Christian belief? Christian monastic communities and proliferating trade networks throughout Christendom united Britain and Ireland with continental Europe, allowing for the exchange of liturgical objects as well as the philosophies that provided a foundation for manuscript illumination. Laura McCloskey, an instructor in art history at George Mason University, looks at the ways in which monk-artists transformed the Mediterranean classical traditions that were the basis of early Christian art. Wed., Jan. 30, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-400; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

World Art History Certificate core course: Earn 1 credit

Chinese Art: From the Bronze Age to the People’s Republic With a dynamic and far-reaching history that spans the Neolithic period to the modern age, Chinese civilization has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines how shifts in China’s social, religious, and political life have influenced transformations in its material culture. Topics include the beginnings of Chinese civilization, from the Neolithic era to the Zhou dynasty; the spectacular art and architecture of China’s early dynasties; social and cultural changes brought on by commerce with the outside world during the Tang dynasty; and how the decline of the Qing dynasty paved the way for the rise of the People’s Republic—and entirely new forms of statesponsored art. FEB 4 Origins of Chinese Culture Carved red lacquer tray, China, late Southern Song dynasty, 13th cent. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

FEB 11 Foundations of the Chinese Imperial System FEB 25 China and the Outside World MAR 4 From the Forbidden City to a People’s Republic

4 sessions; Mon., Feb. 4–March 4 (no class Feb. 18), 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-399; Members $90; Nonmembers $140



Tang dynasty horse sculpture, ca. 700 SHANGHAI MUSEUM, BEIJING

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Science + Nature DC Outdoors

Nature, History, and Art in Fairfax County Join Rachel Cooper and Renee Sklarew, authors of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C., as they lead an excursion to the Lorton, Virginia, area to explore a trio of distinctive sites in Fairfax County. In 1969, Mason Neck State Park became the first federal sanctuary for bald eagles. Located on the banks of Belmont Bay and adjacent to Elizabeth Hartwell National Wildlife Refuge, Mason Neck’s mixture of wetlands, forest, open water, ponds, and fields make it ideal for ecological study, wildlife surveillance, and hiking. After a brief presentation at the visitors center, take an easy 3-mile hike over trails that cross the wetlands on a series of boardwalks and meander through a hardwood forest of oaks, hickory, and holly. After a picnic on the grounds of George Mason’s home, Gunston Hall, enjoy a guided tour of the 18th-century mansion, whose straightforward Chesapeake-plantation exterior contrasts with elegant rooms that cover the full range of English rococo style. The final stop is Lorton Workhouse Art Center, a 55-acre complex listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A docent-led tour of the Workhouse Prison Museum includes an exhibition on some of its most notable inmates, the American suffragists held here after their arrest for picketing the White House in 1917. Explore some of Workhouse Art Center’s 60 art studios on your own during free time.


Sat., Nov. 3, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; bus departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St., SW; with a pickup stop at Lorton Workhouse Art Center, 9518 Workhouse Road, Lorton, Virginia (north-side parking lot) at about 9:30 a.m.; wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes; picnic lunch provided; bring a day pack and water bottle; CODE 1ND-008; Members $140; Nonmembers $190



George Mason’s 18th-century home, Gunston Hall

Unlocking the Mystery of the Ribosome A Molecular Key to Genetics Everyone has heard of DNA. But by itself, DNA is just an inert blueprint for life. It is the ribosome—an enormous molecular machine made up of a million atoms—that makes DNA come to life, turning our genetic code into proteins, and therefore into who we are. How the ribosome worked was a mystery until, in 2009, structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan and two other scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for uncovering its structure. Such knowledge advances our understanding of all life and could lead to the development of more effective disease-fighting antibiotics. Drawing from his new book, Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome, Ramakrishnan offers an overview of how the ribosome functions and also traces the process by which he and his colleagues mapped the elusive molecule’s structure. Copies of Gene Machine (Basic Books) are available for purchase and signing. Tues., Nov. 13, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1L0-231; Members $20; Nonmembers $30


Spiral strands of DNA

Eye on Asteroids Since spotting the first “minor planet” in 1801, astronomers have discovered more than 750,000 small rocky bodies—asteroids—orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. Tons of “space rock” fragments fall as meteorites onto Earth every year. Spacecraft have seen 13 asteroids at close range, with a landing on one set for late this year. The OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft, launched by NASA in 2016, is on its way to the nearEarth asteroid Bennu, with a mission to return a sample for study in 2023. The project will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact our planet—particularly as there is a relatively high probability for Bennu to do so late in the 22nd century. We still know little about asteroids— and how to accurately predict when one of them might strike Earth. Kelly Beatty, a veteran space journalist, explores the science and science fiction of asteroids. Wed., Nov. 14, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1L0-223; Members $30; Nonmembers $45



Asteroid Vesta with three craters known as the “snowman” seen at the top left

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Science + Nature The Pulse on Modern Medicine Insights from NIH Experts


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the U.S. government’s medical research agency and the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. NIH invests more than $30 billion of taxpayer dollars to support cutting-edge research that is helping people live longer and healthier lives, driving the discovery of new ideas, and combating major health challenges. NIH has the pulse on modern medicine. The series provides a unique opportunity to bring the efforts of NIH into public view. Join NIH scientific and medical experts to learn about what is currently “hot” in biomedical research and discuss what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. The Role Of Microbiota in Promoting Immunity to Infection

Yasmine Belkaid discusses the role of the microbiota—the myriad of microbes we co-evolved with—in the development and function of the immune system, and how these microbes protect us against infections. Belkaid is director, Microbiome Program, and co-director, NIH Center for Human Immunology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Tues., Nov. 20, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; 1B0-282; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

How Specialized Brain Circuits Allow Us To Recognize One Another

David Leopold explores how the human brain is strongly invested in visual perception, with a sizeable fraction of the cerebral cortex devoted to reading social signals. He explains how researchers have recently come to understand how faces—one of the brain’s most important social cues—are encoded in specialized circuits to support our recognition of individual identity. Leopold is chief, Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging, National Institute of Mental Health. Tues., Dec. 18, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; 1B0-283; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Gene Therapy Strategies for Treating Sickle Cell Anemia

John Tisdale discusses sickle cell disease, which affects 100,000 Americans and millions around the world. The inherited disease affects the hemoglobin in red blood cells that carries oxygen and results in severe anemia, frequent severe pain, organ damage, and early mortality. Because the abnormal red blood cells derive from bone marrow stem cells, he explains, efforts to cure the disease are focused on strategies to replace or repair bone marrow stem cells. Tisdale is chief, Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Tues., Jan. 15, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; 1B0-284; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Wired That Way The Origins of Human Nature What makes you the way you are? And what makes each of us different from everyone else? Neuroscientist Kevin J. Mitchell traces human diversity and individual differences to their deepest level: the wiring of our brains. Drawing on important new research, including his own, he explains how variations in the way Illustration of human brain with synapses our brains develop before birth strongly influence our psychology and behavior, shaping our personality, intelligence, sexuality, and even the way we perceive the world. We all share a genetic program for making a human brain, which varies considerably based on each individual’s DNA. However, the way that program plays out is also affected by random processes of development that manifest uniquely in each person, even identical twins. Mitchell presents his insight on the nature or nurture debate, explaining that the combination of developmental and genetic variations create innate differences in how our brains are wired. Mitchell’s book Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are (Princeton University Press) is available for sale and signing. Tues., Nov. 27, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1A0-068; Members $20; Nonmembers $30

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe Today’s “fake news” is the target of Steven Novella, producer and host of the weekly podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and a cadre of “skeptical rogues.” They combat the problem with logic, science, and skepticism—and plenty of dry humor. Novella and fellow podcasters Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria, Bob Novella, and Jay Novella outline the tenets of skeptical thinking, debunk some scientific fallacies and conspiracy theories, and take on hotly discussed topics. Drawing from their new book, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake, they examine the difference between science and pseudoscience and offer tips on honing your critical thinking skills and avoiding common pitfalls in thinking. The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe (Grand Central Publishing) is Authors Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria, available for purchase Steven Novella, Jay Novella, Bob Novella and signing. Fri., Nov. 30, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1L0-232; Members $20; Nonmembers $30




Advances in Military Medicine From Mercy Street to the 21st Century Spend a day led by Civil War medical historian and physician Jon Willen visiting two Maryland museums that promote the history of military medicine and examine its impact on present and future healthcare. The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, founded in 1862 as the Army Medical Museum with a mission to better understand and improve the care of Civil War soldiers, became a center for the collection of specimens used for research in military medicine and surgery. Its holdings include more than 25 million items. Docent-led tours offer views of objects such as the bullet that killed President Lincoln and the amputated tibia and fibula of Civil War Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, as well as examples Skull with gunshot wound, Civil related to advances in contemporary military care. War era In the afternoon, explore the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in historic Frederick. Volunteers guide visitors through exhibitions that highlight the challenges faced by Civil War-era doctors and surgeons, present the scope of the period’s practices and developments, and connect them to modern medicine. Sat., Dec. 1, 9:15 a.m.–5 p.m.; bus departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St., SW; no pick-up stop; 3-course lunch in Frederick’s historic district; CODE 1ND-013; Members $140; Nonmembers $190


Chesapeake Cuisine Nourishing a Healthier Bay

The Chesapeake Bay watershed’s ecological impacts are often magnified at the mouth of the Bay and both its health and that of the people living in the region are connected. Baltimore-based chef, author, and television personality John Shields explains how the local food industry is being affected and is mobilizing by championing sustainability, local ingredients, local farmers, and making environmentally sound product choices. He also explores how the Bay-related food economy is John Shields embracing environmental activism. The program concludes with small bites from Shields’ cookbook The New Chesapeake Bay Kitchen (Johns Hopkins University Press), available for sale and signing. Tues., Jan. 8, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1A0-073; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Take Control of Your Health With Dr. John Whyte Physician John Whyte empowers audiences to be better advocates for their own health. He explains how to sort through all the conflicting advice and short-lived fads to become stronger, healthier, and better educated about your own body. Whyte guides you through a comprehensive look at critical aspects of personal health including memory and brain fitness, boosting nutrition IQ, exercise myths and realities, and how to live John Whyte to be 100. Leave educated, engaged, and entertained—and with new tools to approach the job of staying healthy. Whyte is a board-certified internist, author, and chief medical officer at WebMD. Sat., Feb. 9, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Ripley Center; lunch break at 12 p.m. (participants provide their own); CODE 1B0-295; Members $80; Nonmembers $130




Science + Nature

Liotta-Cooley artificial heart (used in first human implant, 1969)

Smithsonian Spotlight

An Imperfect Heartbeat Has the Artificial Heart Fulfilled Its Promise? The mechanical heart–the 20thcentury’s technological promise of a cure for heart failure–has revealed both its possibilities and limitations over several decades. Drawing on her new book, Artificial Hearts: The Allure and Ambivalence of a Controversial Medical Technology, author Shelley McKellar discusses the successes and the shortcomings of this medical breakthrough. She argues that desirability, rather than the feasibility or practicality of an artificial heart drove its invention, and technical and clinical challenges aroused ambivalence toward its continued development among researchers, clinicians, and others. McKellar reviews the heart’s development and clinical use, from the first artificial heart implant case in 1969 and Barney Clark’s Jarvik-7 implant in the early 1980s, and explains how its history speaks to the expectations and ongoing challenges of today’s high-technology medical world. Artificial Hearts (Johns Hopkins University Press) is available for sale and signing. Thurs., Dec. 13, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1A0-072; Members $20; Nonmembers $30

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The Putin Paradox


Popularity or Fear? Unquestionably the predominant political figure in Russia since the turn of the century, Vladimir Putin was elected president in March 2018 for the fourth time, receiving threequarters of the vote against a field comprising several other candidates. A recent poll in Russia shows that more than half of his countrymen would elect him again in 2024 if they could. The West has made its dislike and distrust of Putin clear in the media and at gatherings of political leaders. He has been criticized for restricting freedom in Russia and eradicating any real dissent and political opposition. But at home, Putin has exhibited remarkable staying power. How can Putin’s continued pull on Russians be explained? Is his popularity generated or is it genuine—and to what extent? Is it possible to speak out publicly without fearing for one’s safety? Vladimir Putin at the Russian Popular In an absorbing Front Action Forum, 2017 program, George E. Munro, an expert in Russian history, examines the case for Vladimir Putin as Russia’s leader. Thurs., Nov. 1, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-994; Members $30; Nonmembers $45


Past + Present Jefferson: Fashioning an Image During his long career, Thomas Jefferson’s image shifted from cosmopolitan intellectual to man of the people. As president, he kept friends and foes guessing, appearing unpredictably in old, worn, and out-of-date clothing or just as easily playing the polished gentleman in a black suit. Was Jefferson fashioning his public persona to proThomas Jefferson, 1786, by Mather Brown mote his political agenda? Was he branding his own image with his use of clothing, portraiture, and even architecture? Gaye Wilson, Shannon senior historian at Monticello’s Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, provides valuable new insights into this perplexing Founding Father through an investigation of his self-fashioning that uses portraits (including an important one in the Portrait Gallery’s collection), period newspapers, correspondence, and private records. Wilson’s book Jefferson on Display: Attire, Etiquette, and the Act of Presentation (The University of Virginia Press) is available for sale and signing. Mon., Nov. 5, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1A0-067; Members $20; Nonmembers $30

The Magnificent Cities of Russia Four great cities—Kiev (now Kyiv), Novgorod, Moscow, and St. Petersburg—have given the country that became Russia much of its character. Historian George E. Munro explores their history, culture, and signature sites. He shows how they exercised power, celebrated religion, and fostered trade while pursuing a singular path into the present. Join him as he explores Kyiv, a brilliant outpost of Byzantium’s rich culture and mother city to both Ukraine and Russia; Novgorod, where the first Russian state, then called Rus’, was founded in A.D. 862; Moscow, the city that has the Kremlin at its heart and is the repository of all that is most Russian; and St. Petersburg, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, which has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of revolution and war. 9:30 a.m. Kyiv: City of Legends and Mystery 11 a.m. Lord Novgorod the Great 12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own)

Kremlin wall and skyscrapers in Moscow

1:30 p.m. Moscow: Mother of Modern Russia 3 p.m. St. Petersburg: City of Palaces and Empire The Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

Sat., Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-995; Members $90; Nonmembers $140



Past + Present What the Midterm Elections Reveal About America Without a presidential race on the ballot, midterm elections are usually seen as a collection of low-energy challenges. But in this turbulent era, the Nov. 6 elections will be the first real gauge of public opinion of the Trump presidency as he heads into his own re-election cycle for 2020, and the culmination of a high-stakes battle for control of Congress. And with a nation of highly polarized voters heading to the polls, even gubernatorial and state legislative races will help clarify what’s important to a restless electorate. Ken Walsh, White House and political analyst for U.S. News & World Report, moderates a discussion of the midterms with a panel of leading political analysts: White House editor Jackie Calmes of the Los Angeles Times, Democratic strategist and pollster Geoff Garin, Republican strategist and pollster Ed Goeas, and American University history and communication professor and CBS analyst Leonard Steinhorn. Thurs., Nov. 8, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0382; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

China and Japan: A History of Empires The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a perspective that spans thousands of years. Modern Chinese History

The influential issues, episodes, and people that shaped modern China, from the Qing dynasty (1644–1912) to successive 20thcentury republics. He reviews the major political, economic, and cultural forces of the late imperial era, and how they transformed over the course of the 19th and 20th century. on China’s encounter with the West, the legacy of national humiliation, and cultural reform.

Chairman Mao Zedong proclaiming the People’s Republic of China, 1949

Tues., Nov. 6, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1B0-270; Members $20; Nonmembers $30

The Japanese Empire

Though it lasted only for half a century, the Japanese empire was one of the most surprising and innovative states in the annals The Empire of Japan at its height in of modern history. The empire’s formation 1942 from the acquisition of Taiwan in 1895 to its abrupt dismantlement in the wake of World War II. The legacies of the empire that still shape and influence Japan’s place in the world today. Tues., Dec. 4, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1B0-271; Members $20; Nonmembers $30



Western Maryland Railroad’s engine #501

An Excursion on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Enjoy a 30-mile round-trip excursion and lunch onboard the first-class dining car of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Rail historian Joe Nevin leads the tour through some of the region’s most spectacular mountain scenery and chronicles its transportation history. Climb through the Allegheny Mountains on the Western Maryland #501, a GP30 built in the 1960s, distinctive for its high profile and stepped cab roof, unique among American locomotives. The route between Cumberland and Frostburg passes through the 1,000-footdeep Narrows Gorge, climbs Big Savage Mountain, and negotiates a horseshoe curve, 914-foot-long Brush Tunnel, and grades up to 2.8 percent, to gain nearly 1,000 feet of altitude. Explore historic Frostburg on a 45-minute stop. Following the 3 ½-hour train ride, visit the rail line’s shop for a special up-close look at restoration and repair in progress. If time allows, take a brief driving tour of the Western Maryland Station and C&O Canal terminus. Sat., Nov. 10, 8:15 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; bus departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C Street, SW, with a pickup stop at the I-270 Exit 26 Urbana commuter parking lot at about 9:10 a.m; meal is served on the train; railroad reserves the right to change equipment; suitable for children ages 8 and older, accompanied by an adult; CODE 1ND-011; Members $195; Nonmembers $245

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Past + Present Alexandria: Where DC’s Breweries Began


THREE OPTIONS: Sat., Nov. 17 (CODE 1NW-A04) 10 a.m.; Sun., Nov. 18 (CODE 1NW-B04) 1:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 24 (CODE 1NW-C04) 10 a.m.; all tours 2½ hours and begin at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax Street; free trolley available from King Street Metro station to the waterfront; parking available in Old Town, Market Square underground garage on Fairfax at Cameron Street is recommended; dress for outdoor walking; Members $35; Nonmembers $45


Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is filled with a refined historic charm reflected in its grand colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. But it was also the city where brewing first began in the Washington, D.C., area when Scottish immigrant Andrew Wales set up shop in 1770. Brewing was a major part of the local economy. It was also a source of innovation: Robert Portner, the largest brewer in the South, invented air conditioning and ice making machinery, which allowed him to brew lager year round. It all came crashing down in 1916 when Virginia went dry, but today new brewers are continuing Old Town’s venerable tradition. Join author and beer historian Garrett Peck on a charming walk through Old Town’s alleyways, archaeological finds, ice wells, warehouses, and waterfront as you explore the sudsy beverage’s local history and its renaissance. Bring your camera and good walking shoes; the route covers about 2.5 miles. If the walk works up your own thirst, join in an optional happy hour (with cash bar) following the tour.

Wales Alley in Old Town is named after Alexandria’s first brewer

Americans and the Holocaust History’s Eternal Questions Holocaust history raises difficult questions: How could the Holocaust have happened in 20th-century Europe? What could Europeans have done to stop the rise of Nazism in Germany and the murder of six million European Jews? What did the international community, including the United States, do in the face of the Nazi threat? And when? Americans and the Holocaust, a new exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examines the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and genocide. It looks at the American media, popular culture, and politics, and how public opinion shaped Americans’ response to Nazism and to Jewish refugees. By examining this new exhibition, participants have the opportunity Americans and the Holocaust, a new speical exhibition at the U.S. to learn from our history and consider what it can teach us about our Holocaust Memorial Museum actions today. Two Holocaust Museum experts—Gretchen Skidmore, director of education initiatives, and Daniel Greene, historian and exhibition curator—bring us behind the scenes during their conversation about the exhibition, which participants are invited to experience after-hours. Thurs., Nov. 29, 6:45 p.m.; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; CODE 1A0-070; Members $30; Nonmembers $45 Statement of Ownership Statement of ownership, management, and circulation (required by 39 USC 3685) of the Smithsonian Associate for the year ending September 30, 2018. The Smithsonian Associate is owned and published by Smithsonian Associates, Smithsonian Institution, 1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560-0701, under publication number 043210. The annual subscription price is $14. Cecelia Reed is the Editor. All offices of the Publisher, including those of the editors and the business office, are located at 1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560-0701. Smithsonian Associates is a nonprofit organization, and the purpose, function, and nonprofit status of the organization and the exempt status for federal income tax purposes have not changed during the preceding 12 months. There are no known bondholders, mortgages, or other security holders owning or holding one percent or more of the total amount of bonds, mortgages, or other securities. The average numbers of copies of each issue during the preceding 12 months are: (A) Total number of copies printed: 20,966; (B) Paid circulation: (1) Sales through dealers and carriers, street vendors, and counter sales: None; (2) Mail subscriptions: 19,099; (C) Total paid circulation: 19,099; (D) Free distribution by mail (samples, complimentary): None; (E) Free distribution outside the mail: 1,193; (F) Total free distribution: 1,193;(G) Total distribution: 20,292; (H) Copies not distributed: (1) Office use, leftovers, spoiled: 674; (2) Returns from new agents: None; (I) Total: 20,966. The actual number of copies of the single issue published nearest to filing date is: (A) Total number of copies printed: 19,881; (B) Paid circulation: (1) Sales through dealers and carriers, vendors, and counter sales: None; (2) Paid or requested mail subscriptions: 18,181; (C) Total paid or requested subscriptions: 18,181; (D) Free distribution by mail: None; (E) Free distribution outside the mail: 1,443; (F) Total free distribution: 1,443; (G) Total distribution: 19,624; (H) Copies not distributed: (1) Office use, leftovers, spoiled: 257; (2) Returns from new agents: None; (I) Total: 19,881. I certify that the statements made by me above are correct and complete.

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Past + Present The Cambridge Five

How the Great War Changed America

Soviet Intelligence Spies

The Great War of 1914 to 1918 was the first continent-wide conflagration in a century. By war’s end, four global empires and their royal houses had fallen, communism was unleashed, the map of the Middle East was redrawn, and the United States emerged as a global power. Poster by J. M. Flagg used by the U.S. government to recruit soldiers during World Drawing on his new War I, 1917 book, The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath, historian Garrett Peck chronicles the American war experience and the changes that rocked the country in its wake—including women’s suffrage, Prohibition, the Red Scare, and race riots. The lack of a just and fair peace set the stage for the war’s bloody sequel two decades later. The Great War in America (Pegasus) is available for purchase and signing. Raise a glass with a Great War storied cocktail: the French 75, named after the French 75mm field gun. Tues., Dec. 4, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1L0-228; Members $30; Nonmembers $45 New Columbia Distillers provides its Green Hat Gin, named after Great War veteran and Congressional bootlegger George Cassiday (aka “the man in the green hat”)

Kim Philby’s name is almost synonymous with Soviet espionage. But Philby was not alone: Along with Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross, he was one of five “Cambridge spies” who penetrated the heart of British intelligence at the height of the Cold War. Using recently declassified British, American, and Soviet intelligence records, Calder Walton, Ernest May Fellow in history and policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, explores the lives and treachery of these British elites from Cambridge University recruited into Soviet intelligence in the 1930s. He examines why they betrayed their homeland for Russia, how close British intelligence came to catching them, reveals another hitherto-undisclosed Soviet spy recruited from Cambridge, and evidence for British spy Kim Philby on a Soviet a similar Soviet espionage postage stamp ring at Oxford. Walton assesses the damage the Cambridge spies did to the British secret state and to Britain’s closest intelligence ally, the United States; and how their legacy is still reflected in contemporary Russian intelligence operations. Tues., Dec. 11, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-354; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

Ancient Israel and Its Neighbors A Biblical Connection Two centuries of archaeological excavation and exploration have revealed that ancient Israel’s neighbors— Egypt, Canaan, Aram, Assyria, and Babylonia—all contributed significantly to its history, from its origins through the Babylonian exile and beyond. Biblical narratives, in particular, reflect connections to these ancient cultures. In an illustrated all-day program, biblical scholar Gary Rendsburg explores how the people who left us the Bible were informed by other civilizations, and how these influences are reflected in its books. 9:30 a.m. Egypt and Israel 11 a.m. Egypt and the Book of Exodus 12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own) 1:30 p.m. Canaan and Aram 3 p.m. Assyria and Babylonia Ishtar Gate, ca. 600 B.C., Pergamon Museum, Berlin


Sat., Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-996; Members $90; Nonmembers $140


Baal with thunderbolt stele, ca. 15th–13th B.C., Louvre Museum

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Past + Present

Tudor monarchs certainly knew how to make the most of a holiday. The Twelve Days of Christmas provided the royal With court with opportunities for midwinter merrymaking on a Holiday grand scale fit for a king (or queen). Tudor and Renaissance Reception scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger provides a colorful glimpse into how members of the Tudor dynasty and their courtiers marked the festive season—as well as how more ordinary people celebrated Christmas. She presents the royal court over the holiday as a place where those wishing to catch the eye of the monarch dressed in their finest, feasted on Christmas pie and wassail, and participated in masques—all overseen by the Lord of Misrule. Extravagant gifts were offered to the monarch on New Year’s Day in hopes of making an impression or gaining favor. Lloyd Stanger examines the religious and social traditions of the seasonal celebrations, as well as its extravagant foods. She also reveals how court intrigue continued to simmer beneath the holiday fun: Henry VIII struggled to keep a wife and a mistress happy for three Hampton Court Palace is one of only two surviving palaces Christmas seasons as owned by King Henry VIII his divorce proceedings lingered on, and then a few years later he met new wife Anne of Cleves for the first time on New Year’s Day. The evening concludes with a festive reception with foods inspired by the Tudor period.


Wed., Dec. 12, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-999; Members $75; Nonmembers $90

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A Tudor Christmas Feast A Royal Cheese Display English Stilton and Sage Derby, St. André, and Gruyère with dried fruit, nuts, and quince paste, served with flatbreads and French-bread medallions

Petite Wild-Game Sandwiches Roasted turkey with cranberry mayonnaise and ham and honey mustard sandwiches on brioche rolls

Honey Bourbon Meatballs Beef and pork meatballs in a honey-sweetened bourbon sauce

Grilled Vegetable Tart Grilled vegetables and herbed goat cheese on puff-pastry planks

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts Caramelized fresh Brussels sprouts tossed in a balsamic glaze

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Triangles of pumpkin-bread pudding with cinnamon and brown-sugar streusel topping and rum sauce

Holiday Cookie Platter An assortment of chocolate-candy cane, cherryalmond, cranberry-orange, gingersnap, and shortbread cookies

Wassail Bowl The traditional English punch made with cider, sherry, and yuletide spices, served hot

Beverages Sparkling wine; still and sparkling water


A Tudor Christmas Celebration

Michael Beschloss on Wartime Presidents From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, a procession of American presidents took the nation into conflict and mobilized the country for victory. Presidential historian Michael Beschloss draws on his new book, Presidents of War, to examine the chief executives who made the most difficult decisions that face any leader and to share his insights into how those decisions were made. Beschloss traces how far we have traveled from the time of our founders, who tried to constrain presidential power, to today when a single leader has the Michael Beschloss potential to launch nuclear weapons that can destroy much of the world. Copies of Presidents of War (Crown) are available for purchase and signing. Thurs., Dec. 13, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1L0-226; Members $20; Nonmembers $30




Churchill The Man Behind the Myths

A Sikorsky helicopter was deployed early in the rescue mission

Rescuing Lt. Col. Hambleton A Win in a War of Losses At the height of the Vietnam War in 1972, the dramatic rescue of Lt. Colonel Gene Hambleton was one of the greatest rescue missions in the history of the Special Forces. The 53year-old navigator had safely ejected after his aircraft was shot down. But he landed in the middle of the spear-head of North Vietnam’s massive Easter Offensive. He was saved by Navy SEAL Thomas Norris and his Vietnamese guide, Nguyen Van Kiet, who managed to evade the hundreds of soldiers swarming the area. Drawing on his new book, Saving Bravo, author Stephan Talty describes how the dangerous and intricate operation, along with other military rescue missions, offered a renewed sense of purpose to dispirited troops. Saving Bravo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade) is available for sale and signing.

In many ways, as he once said of Russia, Winston Churchill is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. In a wideranging daylong examination, historian Kevin Matthews discusses Churchill’s tempestuous career as an army officer, war correspondent, member of Parliament, and minister in both Liberal and Conservative governments. What emerges is a man too often hidden by the postWorld War II myths that surround him. Matthews reviews Churchill’s leadership during World War II; the impact of his oratory (as JFK put it, “he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle”); Sir Winston Churchill, 1941, by Yousuf Karsh his relationship with Franklin Roosevelt; the creation of the Anglo-American alliance; and his dealings with Josef Stalin. He also analyzes Churchill’s mistakes as a war leader, from the doomed attempt to save Greece from Axis attack to his opposition to the With D-Day landings in Normandy.


Sat., Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Ripley Center; lunch 12–1 p.m. (boxed lunch provided); CODE 1H0-404; Members $110; Nonmembers $160

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Political Legacy We know, Martin Luther King, Jr. for his call to action, his passion, and rhetoric, and as an almost-mythic figure of consensus and conciliation. But has this popular interpretation overshadowed some of his most mature thoughts on other topics? Brandon Terry, assistant professor of African and African American studies and social studies at Harvard University, examines the ethical and political thought of the great public intellectual and activist–the investigation of which, Terry says, has yielded indispensable resources for many of our current political crises around race, economic inequality, partisan cynicism, and permanent war. To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr., co-edited by Terry with Tommie Shelby (Blackstone Publishers) is available for sale and signing.

Thurs., Jan. 10, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1W0-045; Members $20; Nonmembers $30

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Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964


Wed., Jan. 23, 6:45 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1H0-406; Members $30; Nonmembers $45

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Past + Present

What makes Jerusalem unique? In an absorbing day of illustrated lectures, Jodi Magness, an archaeologist who is an expert on Jerusalem, traces how a poor, isolated mountain town became sacred to billions of followers of the three Abrahamic faiths worldwide. She looks at Jerusalem at its key moments in its long history from its beginning 5,000 years ago to its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 B.C., including the time of David and Solomon; the reign of Herod the Great and Jesus’s final days; the explosion of early Christian pilgrimage beginning with Constantine; and the transformation of the city under Islam.

The most recognizable feature of the skyline of Jerusalem is the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine first completed in 691. It sits on the Temple Mount where the First Temple of the Jews was built by King Solomon in 957 B.C.

9:30 a.m. Biblical Jerusalem



Jerusalem Through the Ages

The Rise and Fall of a Man Who Changed History Since his death in British captivity on the remote island of St Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte remains the subject of spirited debates. Was he a ruthless warlord, a soldier of fortune bent on personal aggrandizement and establishing an empire in the heart of Europe? Or was he a man of extraordinary vision and talent and a reformer who stood for modern principles of equality and rational and efficient government? Tracing Napoleon’s life from its Corsican roots, through military triumphs and defeats to the final exile, historian and Napoleon scholar Alexander Mikaberidze tells the story of the French leader’s remarkable life and of the sheer determination and careful calculation that brought him to the pinnacle of power in Europe. 9:30 a.m. Child of the Enlightenment The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, 1812, by Jacques-Louis David

11 a.m. Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

11 a.m. The Savior of the Revolution?

12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own)

12:15 p.m. Lunch (participants provide their own)

1:30 p.m. Aelia Capitolina (Roman Jerusalem)

1:30 p.m. The New Caesar

3 p.m. Byzantine and Early Islamic Jerusalem

3 p.m. Imperial Sunset

Sat., Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-004; Members $90; Nonmembers $140

Sat., Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.; Ripley Center; CODE 1M2-002; Members $90; Nonmembers $140

Grandma’s Family Thanksgiving

This musical play brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play, and call-and-response as we all give thanks for being together. Ages 3 to 6

Smithsonian Associates November Shows

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Thurs., Nov. 15 and Fri., Nov. 16; Mon., Nov. 19 and Tues., Nov. 20; 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.; Discovery Theater, Ripley Center Lessons From the Animal Peoples Thurs., Nov. 8 and Fri., Nov. 9; 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.

Native Pride Tues., Nov. 13 and Wed., Nov. 14 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.

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Generous support for Discovery Theater is provided by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, DC Public Schools, The Nora Roberts Foundation, Philip L. Graham Fund, PNC Foundation, Smithsonian Women's Committee, Smithsonian Youth Access Grants Program and Sommer endowment.



Studio Arts Knitting for Beginners Making a Scarf for the Holidays

HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS Enjoy a break from the hectic holiday shopping season and create some do-it-yourself gifts of your own. Learn how to make meaningful gifts for your friends and family—and yourself—with guidance from experienced instructors.

Seasonal Workshops with Smithsonian Gardens Each holiday season, Smithsonian Gardens staff provide the inspired flower arrangements, trees, and decorations that enliven Smithsonian museums and buildings during this festive time of year. They also turn seedpods, evergreens, and colorful stems into unique creations that fill the urns, adorn the gates, and hang from the lampposts of museum gardens. Two workshops led by Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist Christine Price-Abelow offer a chance to create your own centerpiece and wreath inspired by the botanical decorations seen in the gardens. Each session begins at the Smithsonian Castle to view the indoor holiday decorations before walking through its bedecked grounds. Then, in the warmth of the Ripley Center, create your own one-of-a-kind seasonal accent. Light holiday refreshments and all materials are provided at each workshop

Smithsonian Spotlight

Wreaths Make a truly spectacular holiday wreath from fresh mixed evergreens, winterberry, and holly, along with a wide assortment of natural and fanciful man-made holiday accents and decorative ribbon. Students learn fundamentals of design, how to use leftover materials, and the secret to making a perfect bow. TWO OPTIONS: One 2.5-hour session each; Tues., Dec. 11, 10 a.m. (CODE 1K00DN); Wed., Dec. 12, 10 a.m. (CODE 1K00DP); Members $85; Nonmembers $100

Centerpieces Learn the fundamentals of floral design— along with tips and tricks to create other decorations—as you make a stunning centerpiece for your holiday table. One 2.5-hour session; Thurs., Dec. 13, 10 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0DM; Members $85; Nonmembers $100



Have you marveled at beautiful handknit garments, wishing that you could create one? Why not learn this skill and create a scarf for yourself or to give as a holiday gift? The instructor teaches the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and knit a scarf during and between classes. No previous knitting experience is required. 2 sessions; 4 hours each; Ann Richards; Sat., Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, 10:15 a.m.; bring to the first class a set of size-8 knitting needles and a light-colored skein of worsted-weight yarn; CODE 1K0-0AR; Members $95; Nonmembers $125

Holiday Card Workshop Making Memorable Masterpieces A store-bought card can brighten the holidays for its recipient. But a hand-made card conveys meaning and thoughtfulness that will last long after. Create one-of-a-kind holiday greeting cards using tips and techniques from an expert crafter. Explore embossing, debossing, masking, and creative paper folding. Learn the Bokeh technique to create soft, diffused effects with inks, and how to use tape to create an entirely new set of ink Card by Karen Cadogan stamps. The workshop shows how to incorporate memorable greetings on the inside. Beginners and experienced card makers are welcome. All card-making supplies are provided, and participants leave with a generous assortment of premium cardstock paper, stamps, ink and inkpads, collage papers, ribbon, and other embellishments to continue crafting at least 20 holiday cards. One 2.5-hour session; Karen Cadogan; Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0DK; all supplies provided (supply fee of $40 is included in tuition); students may bring in personal embellishments or upcycle old holiday cards; Members $75; Nonmembers $85

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Studio Arts Needle Felting for the Holidays

Orchids for the Holidays

Elves and Ornaments

Take a break from the stress of the holiday season to enjoy an entertaining and informative afternoon with an orchid expert and come away with an elegant holiday present to give to that special someone on your list or to keep all to yourself. Learn about orchid history, origins, trivia, fun facts, and basic care instructions. In a hands-on activity, create a holiday orchid centerpiece by planting an Oncidium Twinkle orchid in a tree fern basket. A bowl to hold the basket and an assortment of holiday decorations are provided to finalize each masterpiece. Participants also enjoy light holiday refreshments.

Add some handcrafted accents to the season in an easy and fun workshop that covers the basics of needle and wet felting. Make a sprightly elf for your shelf or mantle and create an ornament of your own design as you explore the art of sculpting, Felted elf by instructor embellishing, and painting with Renate Maile-Moskowitz a felting needle. Learn to apply facial features and intricate details to create a unique home decoration or gift. No felting experience is needed. Light holiday refreshments and seasonal music add to the afternoon. One 4-hour session; Renate Maile-Moskowitz; Sun., Dec. 2, 12 noon; $10 supply fee, payable at the first class, covers cost of materials. CODE 1K0-0DQ; Members $65; Nonmembers $85

One 2-hour session; Barbara Schmidt; Sun., Dec. 2, 2 p.m.; all materials are provided; CODE 1K0-0DR; Members $85; Nonmembers $100

GENERAL Introduction to Drawing and Painting

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Students work from still life, architectural interiors, and land-scape to translate the world of three dimensions to two through the arts of drawing and painting. The class begins with drawing, focusing on value structure and the use of contrast to describe form. Next, students move into the medium of oil paint to learn color mixing and how to employ a painterly approach to form, light, and space. The goal is to help students become articulate Max-Karl Winkler and comfortable with the fundamentals of oil painting and to approach it with confidence. Beginners are welcome.

With an understanding of color concepts and relationships, you can use color to evoke subtle as well as dynamic sensations in a viewer. Through lecture, film, demonstration, and hands-on experimentation, learn about the color wheel, color value, chroma, and hue. Work with value contrast and also begin to explore color temperature and complementary color contrast and harmonies. Use acrylic paints to mix and create colors, and experiment with magazine clippings and colored papers, to develop sensitivity to color values and color movement in shaping composition. Open to students of all levels. No drawing or painting experience is required.

8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Max-Karl Winkler; Wed., Jan. 9–Feb. 27, 10:15 a.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0EQ; Members $225; Nonmembers $275

Color Theory

8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Jamie Platt; Mon., Jan. 7–March 11 (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18), 6:30 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0EN; Members $225; Nonmembers $275


World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Composition This three-session workshop examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. Sessions include a visual presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, helping participants gain a finer appreciation of compositional aspects such as structure and balance, positive and negative space, contrast and color. They create several collages based on art works and themes discussed, and explore connections between formal elements of visual art and the emotional impact of works of art as a whole. Moroccan Café, 1913, by Matisse

3 sessions; 3 hours each; Shahin Shikhaliyev; Mon., Jan. 28–Feb. 11, 2 p.m.; supplies included; CODE 1K00EP; Members $115; Nonmembers $145



Studio Arts World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Exploring the Visual Foundations and Traditions of Art An exploration of the scientific and artistic developments that surfaced during the Renaissance can offer valuable insights for contemporary artists and viewers. Through lectures and drawing and composition exercises, learn how the period’s artists used the Golden Ratio, the Rule of Thirds, threeFibonacci spiral point perspective, and the Fibonacci spiral— as well as how these elements can provide dynamic visual interest to your own compositions. Using the techniques and principles that guided Renaissance masters—still in use today—produce simple outline analytical drawings to gain a fuller understanding of visual language. Drawing experience is not required. 2 sessions; 2 hours each; Chester Kasnowski; Mon., Dec. 3 and 10, 2 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0BF; Members $65; Nonmembers $85



Manuscript Illumination in the Medieval Tradition Manuscript illumination is an ancient tradition, seen in many cultures and still practiced today. Designed to help readers understand a story or verse though fascinating additions to the written word, these small, exquisite pieces of art became a valuable necessity over the centuries. Workshop participants use fine-tip markers or colored pencils to produce their own tiny masterpiece in the spirit of the medieval scribes who created some of the most beautiful and imaginative examples of the form. Students learn about the history behind various types of illuminated manuscript art Illustration from Le Livre du and the instructor uncovers the Trésor, 14th cent., France symbolism of the animals, insects, plants, and people artists included in their work. All skill levels welcome. One 3-hour session; Lori VanKirk Schue; Sun., Nov. 18, 1 p.m.; bring a pencil with eraser, ruler, fine tip markers or colored pencils; supply fee $10 payable to instructor; CODE 1K0-0DF; Members $65; Nonmembers $85

Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, this class helps build the ability to draw. After completing an exercise as a record of initial skill, students move through assignments that deepen their understanding of edges and space, relationships between objects, and light and shadow. This new way of seeing and working becomes second nature with practice and can be used to pursue further development in the arts or added to the things you now know how to do. 8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Shahin Shikhaliyev; Fri., Jan. 11–March 1, 6 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0–0EC; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

Colored Pencil Workshop Colored pencil is an often overlooked medium that can produce lovely nuances to bring your art alive with rich, vibrant color and a dizzying range of effects. Learn basic methods and strategies to create wonderful artwork. Students learn layering, blending and buffing strokes to achieve the translucency of watercolors with this dry medium. No previous drawing experience necessary; all skill levels welcome.

Drawing by Lori VanKirk Schue

2 sessions; 3 hours each; Lori VanKirk Schue; Sat., Jan. 5 and 12, 1 p.m.; bring colored pencils, a sharpener, any size drawing paper, and eraser; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0DZ; Members $95; Nonmembers $115

Figure Drawing and Independent Projects This class covers advanced elements of composition, anatomy, and developing individual artistic direction. Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure. Open to all levels; students work in the medium of their choice. 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Josh Highter; Sun., Jan. 13–March 10 (no class Feb. 17), 1:30 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0EE; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

Oil Pastels Sennelier oil pastels are richly pigmented and have a creamy consistency. They have little comparison with dry or soft pastels in look, feel, or technique and adhere to paper, canvas, wood, metal, and glass. The experience of using the medium simulates drawing with oils, and the colors are bright, highly saturated, and long-lasting if maintained correctly. Oil pastels travel easily and are excellent for color sketching. Learn the basics of this exciting medium in a class that includes group technique demonstrations and one-on-one instruction. Both beginners and seasoned artists are welcome. Oil pastel by Chester Kasnowski


6 sessions; 2 hours each; Chester Kasnowski; Thurs., Jan. 10–Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0EF; Members $185; Nonmembers $235


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Studio Arts World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Beginning Drawing

Introduction to Pastel The vibrant medium of pastel has been a favorite of impressionist artists because of its luminosity and color layering effects. Working from still-life arrangements reminiscent of Cézanne’s in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of the medium. The workshop comprises demonstrations and lectures on color theory, color Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit, mixing, optical mixing, and composica. 1900, by Paul Cézanne tion. For inspiration and creative ideas, works by master pastellists are viewed and discussed. Students may work in chalk or oil pastel and should have basic drawing skills.


Cézanne-Inspired Still-Life Compositions

Develop the basic skills needed as a strong foundation for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques including charcoal and pencils, students explore geometric forms, volume, and perspective. Still-life, architectural interiors and exteriors, and figure drawing are among the areas covered. THREE OPTIONS: 8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Jamie Platt; Wed., Jan. 9–Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0DV; Eric Westbrook; Fri., Jan. 11–March 1, 10:15 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0DW; Josh Highter; Sun., Jan. 13–March 10 (no class Feb. 17), 10:15 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0DX; supply lists on website; Members $225; Nonmembers $275

3 sessions; 5 hours each; Sandra Gobar; Sun., Jan. 13, 27, and Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FS; Members $185; Nonmembers $215

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Drawing in Museums The National Gallery, Freer Gallery, and American Art Museum Smithsonian Spotlight Develop your rendering and composition skills by drawing from both Drawing by student Claire Fuller paintings and sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, Freer Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Learn the art of copying and then delve into drawing classical sculptures, which make ideal models for drawing exercises and aid in honing figure-drawing skills. Strong beginner, intermediate, or advanced students with previous drawing class experience or the equivalent are welcome. 6 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Paul Glenshaw; Sat., Jan. 26–March 9 (no class Feb. 16), 1:30 p.m.; supply list on website; first session meets at the central rotunda, National Gallery’s West Wing; CODE 1K0-0EB; Members $195; Nonmembers $245

Drawing with Silverpoint Silverpoint is a traditional drawing technique that is experiencing a revival. It is accomplished by using a silver stylus on prepared paper to produce a fine, delicate drawing. The silver-gray drawing tarnishes when exposed to air, resulting in a pleasing, golden brown tone. Learn silverpoint’s history, evolution, materials, and process as you create your own masterpiece. Students should bring a reference image or select from images provided in class. Confident Silverpoint by Lori Schue drawing skills are recommended. TWO OPTIONS: One 3-hour session; Lori VanKirk Schue; Sat., Nov. 17, 1 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0BQ; Sat., Feb. 23, 1 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0ED; supply-kit fee payable to instructor $45; Members $50; Nonmembers $70

Drawing by Jamie Platt

Continued Drawing Participants refine and expand their drawing skills through studio practice in traditional media. Sessions focus on four classic subject areas–still-life, land-scape, portrait, and figure– and include warm-up exercises, individual and group critiques, and demonstrations by the instructor. Students should have completed a beginning drawing course. 8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Jamie Platt; Tues., Jan. 8–Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0EA; Members $225; Nonmembers $275

Children’s Book Illustration Workshop Creating illustrations for a children’s book can be fun once you know the basics. Learn how to fit illustrations to the storyline; choose mediums that are most successful; transform reality into whimsy; and how to interpret an author’s vision into vivid illustraIllustration by Lori Schue tions. Look at different types of illustration and develop unique characters and designs. Information on working with publishers and legally protecting your art is also discussed. Prior drawing experience is helpful but not required. One 5-hour session includes lunch break (students provide their own); Lori VanKirk Schue; Sat., Jan. 26, 11 a.m.; bring drawing paper, pencil, sharpener, eraser, and watercolor set or colored markers. CODE 1K0-0DY; Members $95; Nonmembers $115



Studio Arts PAINTING

Beginning Acrylic Painting

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Self-Portraits: Painting For centuries, artists have used their own image as model for painting. Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, this 3-session workshop examines the art of self-portraiture and puts into practice techniques observed at the exhibition. The class includes an instructor-led tour of the exhibition to view works from an artist’s perspective, examine techniques, and answer every painting student’s question: “How did they do that?” In the studio, painting demonstrations and individual instruction enable students to create their own masterpiece. The objective is not to copy the style of a famous artist, but to learn skills that can be used in your own work.

Smithsonian Spotlight

Student in class

Participants are introduced to composition, color, and value management and the process of visual selection, and experiment with these concepts by painting a series of still-life set ups. They also learn how to develop painting techniques by researching a favorite American painter from the Smithsonian collections. Basic drawing skills are helpful but not necessary. 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Shahin Shikhaliyev; Mon., Jan. 7–March 11 (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18), 6:30 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FG; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

3 sessions; 3 hours each; Adrienne Wyman; Mon., Nov. 19–Dec. 3, 10:15 a.m.; first session meets in the Ripley Center studio; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0BK; Members $120; Nonmembers $150

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Learn To Paint Like Monet

Painting by Shahin Shikhaliyev

Through lectures, demonstrations, and painting exercises, students learn about and put into practice Monet’s methods, materials, and brushwork. Special emphasis is placed on examining 19thcentury color theory as it relates to impressionistic depictions of light and shadow, and Monet’s use of complementary colors to create visual effects. Work by Monet’s contemporaries is also examined. Work in oil paint (preferred) or acrylic. All skill levels are welcome.

Beginning Oil Painting Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation introduce the medium of oils. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques including colormixing, scumbling, and glazing to gain the technical background needed to get started as a painter. Drawing experience is helpful but not necessary. 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Shahin Shikhaliyev; Thurs., Jan. 10– Feb. 28, 6:30 pm.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FH; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

Study by Adrienne Wyman 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Adrienne Wyman; Sat., Jan. 12–March 9 (no class Feb. 16), 2 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FP; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

Continued Painting

Oil Painting Boot Camp Get a solid foundation in the basics of working in oil in a 2-day workshop that covers understanding and choosing materials; setting up your work space; getting started on a painting; methods of drawing on canvas; color theory and color mixing; and paint application, texture, and brush strokes. During an instructor-led tour of selected paintings at the Freer Gallery, gain technical insights into great masterpieces. Back in the classroom, put your new skills and inspirations to work and create a painting. 2 sessions; Adrienne Wyman; Sat., March 30, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sun., March 31, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; lunch breaks (students provide their own); supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FN; Members $165; Nonmembers $195

Painting by Adrienne Wyman



Working on a personal project or from still life and model arrangements, students move beyond the basics to discover and develop their own, unique painterly language. Through examination of works by artists such as Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse and Kandinsky, explore different approaches to painting, with special attention paid to the process of visual selection and the principles of composition. Sessions feature in-depth discussions about specialized painting techniques such as glazing and Painting by Shahin Shikhaliyev wet-on-wet. Experimentation with different tools and materials is encouraged. 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Shahin Shikhaliyev; Fri., Jan. 11–March 1, 2 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FJ; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

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Studio Arts World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Traditional Oil Painting Techniques Lessons from Museum Masterpieces In this class, students explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today. Through viewing paintings at the National Gallery and practice in the studio, students learn technical secrets and understand how artists achieved their signature effects. In sessions that include lectures, painting demonstrations, and hands-on painting exercises, students draw on the techniques of the masters as they learn to broaden their own range of skills.

Student in class

8 sessions; 3 hours each; Adrienne Wyman; Sat., Jan. 12–March 9 (no class Feb. 16), 10:15 a.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FR; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

Neuroscience and Art A Creative Connection Recent findings in neuroscience reveal how our visual system informs and interprets the visible world for us. As an example of science informing art, students in this painting class hear about neuroscientific concepts such as “peak shift” (how the brain responds to exaggerated stimuli) and “laws of grouping” (how the brain organizes visual elements into groups). By merging new findings on visual perArt by Chester Kasnowski ception with familiar elements of art such as value, shape, and color, the students’ landscape and still-life paintings take on new and fresh creative edges. Students benefit from individual instruction and group critiques. Some painting experience preferred. TWO OPTIONS: 2 sessions; 2 hours each; Chester Kasnowski; Mon., Nov. 19 and 26 (CODE 1K0-0BE); 2 p.m.; Mon., March 4 and 11 (CODE 1K0-0FM); 2 p.m.; supply list on website; Members $75; Nonmembers $95

Introduction to Watercolor Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore new materials and techniques in watercolor painting. Working on still-lifes and landscapes from direct observation or photographs, they explore basic watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation. TWO OPTIONS: 8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Dave Daniels; Mon., Jan. 7–March 11 (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18), CODE 1K0-0FK; 10:15 a.m.; Chester Kasnowski; Sun., Jan. 13–March 10 (no class Feb. 17), CODE 1K0-0FL; 2 p.m.; supply list on website; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

Painting Is for Everyone If you’ve ever wanted to paint, here’s a class that offers the perfect introduction to the art—and will have you ready to pick up your brush with confidence. Begin working in the versatile and flexible Painting by Chester Kasnowski medium of acrylic paints as you learn to mix colors, use brushes, and approach elements of form such as value, texture, line, color, shape, and edges. Explore composition and variation, learn art terminology, and a bit of art history as well. No matter the subject or the style you choose, this thorough grounding will help you create successful paintings—and start you thinking like an artist. 8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Chester Kasnowski; Wed., Jan. 9–Feb. 27, 2 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FQ; Members $225; Nonmembers $275

MIXED-MEDIA Image Transfers and Photo Alteration Mixed-Media Workshop Discover multiple methods for making and using image transfers and expand your creative horizons with photo alteration. Transfers are a valuable resource for incorporating representative imagery into your abstract work, and each method provides a unique look. Mixing and matching techniques with different surfaces makes it all the Art by Sharon Robinson more fun. Topics include applications for image transfers (focal point, pattern, theme); choosing and preparing images; materials and techniques for image transfers; tools and materials for altering photos; altered photos as stand-alone artwork; and altered photos with collage. 2 sessions; 5 hours each; Sharon Robinson; Fri., Jan. 11 and 18, 10:30 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0EX; students provide photos, all other supplies provided; Members $145; Nonmembers $175

Paper Frenzy Try new techniques as you have fun creating papers for collage and other art projects. Leave with a glorious collection of one-of-a-kind papers accented by acrylic, inks, stamps, and other printmaking materials. Students use a variety of papers including art tissue and watercolor to create a supply of materials of various weights, textures, and patterns.

Painting by David Daniels

Art by Sharon Robinson

2 sessions; 5 hours each; Sharon Robinson; Fri., Feb. 22 and March 1, 10:30 a.m.; all supplies provided; CODE 1K0-0EZ; Members $125; Nonmembers $155



Studio Arts Monoprints Without A Press

Collage and Mixed-Media Students are introduced to the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage and assemblage. They find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green, whose works are held in Smithsonian collections. Students express their observations by developing their own collage, mixed-media or assemblage projects. Structured for both the nonartist and professional, this class focuses on the variety of choices in this medium. Whether constructing a piece of personal history through use of mementos or an abstract work, students learn through experimentation with color, form, and design. They explore the use of text, images, texture, and natural and found objects as they create. TWO COURSE OPTIONS: 8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Marcie WolfHubbard; Wed., Jan. 9–Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0ER; Wed., Jan. 9– Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0ES; supply list on website; Members $235; Nonmembers $285 TWO INTENSIVE WEEKEND WORKSHOP OPTIONS: 2 sessions; 5 hours each; Marcie Wolf-Hubbard; Sat., Nov. 3 and Sun., Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m.; supply list on website; some shared supplies provided; CODE 1K0-0AQ; Members $195; Nonmembers $225 One 5-hour session; Marcie Wolf-Hubbard; Fri., March 1, 10:30 a.m.; supply list on website; some shared supplies provided; CODE 1K0-0EU; Members $125; Nonmembers $145

Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media Workshop The encaustic method combines the luminescence of watercolor, the rich color and thickness of oils, and the quick-drying benefits of acrylic. The medium can be molded, sculpted, combined with collage materials, and reworked at any time. Learn to capture vibrant pigments using heated beeswax, as well as fusing and carving in wax. Students are encouraged to incorporate their own drawings or prints on paper as well as other collage elements into their encaustic paintings. Safe methods of working, archival materials, and historical and contemporary approaches to the medium are introduced.

Art by instructor Marcie Wolf-Hubbard

2 sessions; 5 hours each; Marcie Wolf-Hubbard; Sun., March 3 and 10, 10:15 a.m.; supply list on website; some shared supplies provided; CODE 1K0-0ET; Members $165; Nonmembers $195

Love mixed media? Expand your repertoire with an array of one-off prints using acrylic paints and other materials. While monoprints usually require a press of some type, fortunately it is a medium also adaptable to low-tech methods. Utilizing Gelli and other types of plates ranging in size from 5”x 7” to 12”x14”, create prints that can stand alone as pieces of art or be incorporated into collage or other Print by Sharon Robinson projects. Explore additive and subtractive methods, drawing on the plate, over-printing, and using stamps and other materials to create patterns. TWO OPTIONS: One 5-hour session; Sharon Robinson; Sat., Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0BJ; Sat., March 29, 10:30 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0EY; all supplies provided; Members $75; Nonmembers $95

SCULPTURE Neon Light Sculpture In this six-session class held at the instructor’s Washington studio, explore the mysteriously compelling qualities of neon light and create your own illuminated object. After an introduction to the medium, participants learn to bend glass tubing and observe demonstrations of the process of Art by Craig Kraft tube bombarding and rare-gas filling. Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Enrollment is limited to 8 students. 6 sessions; one 1.5-hour lecture and five 3-hour workshops; Craig Kraft; Tues., Jan. 22–Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.; $85 supply fee payable to the instructor at the first class, covers the cost of shared supplies, the use of the bending equipment, and processing of a neon tube made by each student; purchase of a transformer is optional and separate fee payable to the instructor; map to the studio on website; CODE 1K0-0GV; Members $215; Nonmembers $265

Handmade Storybooks Mixed-Media Workshop Students are guided in an exploration of the many creative ways to work with paper and make personal storybooks by hand. Bookmaking styles from around the world are discussed, with an emphasis on Islamic, Japanese, and Himalayan traditions. Students build and bind several books using standard bookmaking papers and thread as well as unusual materials such as manila folders and matchboxes. The newly created books serve as inspiration for creative writing and art-making using calligraphy, collage and other techniques. No previous experience needed. TWO OPTIONS: One 6-hour session; Sushmita Mazumdar; Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0EV; Sat., Feb. 9, 10 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0EW; all supplies provided; lunch break included (students provide their own); Members $85; Nonmembers $95



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FIBER ARTS Knitting for Beginners Learning the Basics

By Marta Legekis

Calligraphy Introduction to the Italic Hand

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and may start a knitting project during class. Students have an option of staying an additional halfhour after class to receive individual advice and instruction. No previous knitting experience is required.

One of the most popular styles used in contemporary Western calligraphy, the elegant Italic script was developed from antique Latin texts and inscriptions during the Italian Renaissance. The versatile and legible hand-written italic alphabets remain popular, and translate well into many practical and artistic applications. Exercises provide a guide to mastering the hand, including correct proportions and slant. The workshop is geared for students who have some knowledge using the broad- edge pen and wish to expand their study of calligraphy.

6 sessions; 2 hours each; Ann Richards; Mon., Jan. 28–March 11 (no class Feb. 18), 6:30 p.m.; bring size-8 knitting needles and lightcolored skein of worsted-weight yarn; CODE 1K0-0EG; Members $125; Nonmembers $145

8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Marta Legeckis; Thurs., Jan. 10–Feb. 28, 10:15 a.m.; all supplies provided; CODE 1K0-0DU; Members $245; Nonmembers $295

Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes

Introduction to Calligraphy The Foundational Hand This class offers an introduction in the basic calligraphic strokes that make up the Foundational Hand, the By Marta Legekis starting point for learning other hands such as Italic and Black Letter. Students begin forming these letterforms first by using dual pencils and then the broad-edged pen. They acquire the necessary skills and understanding in drawing guide lines, determining heights, and letter spacing. Both the Roman minuscules (lower case) and majuscules (upper case) are covered as well as basic layout and design. As time permits, demonstrations of variations of the Foundational are given. No experience is necessary. 8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Marta Legeckis; Thurs., Jan. 10–Feb. 28, 1:30 p.m.; all supplies provided; CODE 1K0-0DT; Members $245; Nonmembers $295

The Art of Chinese Calligraphy Chinese calligraphy has a long history as a form of expression. Chinese characters, with their origins in pictographs, are endowed with a natural beauty. Students use Chinese brush and ink as they learn to write basic Chinese characters, short phrases, and poems. The traditional signature seal and its history are also discussed. 6 sessions; 2.5 hours each; John Wang; Sat., Jan. 12–Feb. 23 (no class Feb. 16), 2 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0DS; Members $185; Nonmembers $235

When Good Patterns Go Bad Nothing can be more frustrating than realizing there’s something wrong with your knitting, and not knowing how to fix it. This workshop focuses on avoiding errors, learning to detect them sooner, and what to do once you know there’s a problem. From dropped stitches to difficult pattern instructions to twisted stitches and more, learn a protocol to follow when you’re stuck on a knitting project. One 3-hour session; Ann Richards; Thurs, Feb. 21; 6:30 p.m.; bring size8 needles, worsted-weight yarn, a yarn needle, and optionally, a knitting project that needs attention; CODE 1K0-0EL; Members $45; Nonmembers $65

Fair Isle Knitting Technique Waves and Peaks, Norwegian Stars, Boarders, Seeding, XOX, and Allover: are the patterns found in Fair Isle knitting. Combinations of these designs create colorful sweaters and other knitwear. Students in this workshop briefly explore a variety of traditional patterns, the history of Fair Isle Knitting, and chart reading. The majority of the workshop focuses on learning the Fair Isle technique. Prerequisite knitting skills include casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. One 7-hour session, includes a lunch break (participants provide their own); Ann Richards; Sat., Jan. 19, 10 a.m.; bring a size 8 16-inch circular needle and at least two colors of worsted-weight yarn; CODE 1K0-0EK; Members $75; Nonmembers $95



Studio Arts Log Cabin Quilt Improvisation Log Cabin quilts—popular in the United States since the Civil War— are made of arrangements of a repeated single block pattern consisting of hand-pieced strips of fabric around a central square. The Log Cabin block offers a wonderful framework for exploring color and value contrast and for spontaneous Quilt by Lauren Kingsland sewing without a lot of advance planning. Using a sewing machine and a common fabric pool of scraps from the instructor and students, participants learn an efficient flag-piecing technique that allows for many blocks to be created at once. Open to all experience levels. One 5-hour session; Lauren Kingsland; Sat., Nov. 10, 10:15 a.m.; bring an assortment of cut strips in any width and any print, longer than 18 in.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0AV; supply list on website; Members $65; Nonmembers $85

A Small Handmade Quilt The portability of hand stitching projects makes them ideal takealongs to fit into your day. Learn the basics of quilt-making by creating several small quilts while learning the same piecing, applique, quilting, and finishing techniques used in larger quilts. In this three-session class, with homework, all work may be done by hand. 3 sessions; 4 hours each; Lauren Kingsland; Sat., Jan. 12–26, 10 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0EH; supply list on website; shared sewing machines available in class; Members $125; Nonmembers $145

Continued Quilting

One 5-hour session; Sun., Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.; Lauren Kingsland; bring scissors, hand-sewing needles, straight pins, thimble (if you like), and a garment (preferably a shirt) to be cut up and distributed among the group; bring a sack lunch and something to share with the group; limited to 14 participants; CODE 1K0-0EM; Members $75; Nonmembers $95

Explore the creative possibilities of combining wool with other decorative elements such as metal, beads, and stones to make distinctive necklaces, rings, pendants, earrings, and other jewelry. Students progress from crafting the Jewelry by Renate Maile-Moskowitz basic forms of cords, beads, balls, geodes, and rings to building the technical skills needed for more challenging work. Beginners and more experienced felters are welcome. One 6-hour session includes a lunch break (participants provide their own); Renate Maile-Moskowitz; Sat., March 2, 10 a.m.; $25 supply fee, payable to instructor at first session, covers all wool and felting supplies plus basic jewelry-making materials; CODE 1K0-0GW; Members $85; Nonmembers $105

Nuno-Felted Scarf Workshop

Appliqué and Edges Appliqué is the quilter’s term for sewing one fabric on top of another. Add three appliqué techniques to your quiltmaking skills as you create a fabric flower-garden wall hanging. Learn when and how to use applied bindings, flanges, self-bindings, facings, and overstitching to finish both rectangular and uneven edges. Some prior experience with hand-sewing, quilting, or both is useful.

2 sessions; 4 hours each, Lauren Kingsland; Sun., March 3 and 10, 10:30 a.m.; supply list on website; shared sewing machines available in class; CODE 1K0-0EJ; Members $85; Nonmembers $105


The isolated rural community of Gee’s Bend in Boykin, Alabama, is the source of some of the most inventive and spectacular of American quilts. The quilters of Gee’s Bend are inspired by the weathered buildings, broken paths, and rambling fences of the isolated area and create vivid, abstract works that echo the energy and syncopation of Alabama jazz. The day covers the history of the Gee’s Bend quilting tradition and community through images and recorded oral histories, followed by a Gee’s Bend-inspired quilting project.

Felted Jewelry

Quilting for Beginners

Appliqué by Lauren Kingsland

The Inspirational Quilts of Gee’s Bend


Nuno, the Japanese word for fabric, lends itself to the name of one of the newest textile techniques, nuno felting, which exploits the capability of wool fibers to bond to any open-weave fabric before shrinking, creating textured felt. In this workshop, students create a one-of-akind nuno-felted scarf and Scarves by Renate Maile-Moskowitz explore variations on this unique and versatile technique used to create accessories, jewelry, wall hangings, curtains and other projects. One 6.5-hour session includes a lunch break (participants provide their own); Sun., March 3, 10:15 a.m.; Renate Maile-Moskowitz; $30 supply fee, payable to the instructor at the first class, covers handdyed silk and wool kit and all shared supplies; CODE 1K0-0GX; Members $115; Nonmembers $135

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Studio Arts OTHER MEDIA Art Deco Peacock Earrings

Earrings by Mïa Vollkommer

It’s not difficult to understand why the regal peacock was an ideal symbol of the luxury aesthetic of the art deco period. Examples of the bird and its audacious plumage can be found in the painting, sculpture, jewelry, and graphic design of the time. Create your own bit of peacock-inspired elegance with earrings incorporating Swarovski crystals and wire working techniques. Studio Arts hand tools available to borrow. Please see materials list if you would like to bring tools you already own.

One 3.5-hour session; Mïa Vollkommer; Sat., Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.; beads and wire kit $30; additional supply list online; CODE 1K0-0CX; Members $75; Nonmembers $95

Riveted Bangle Bracelet Add a bit of jingle to your holiday season with a set of beautiful, made-by-you, bangle bracelets. Learn to cut, form, and close three bracelets using sterling silver wire and silver or red brass rivets. The bracelets can be embellished with large-holed beads for an even more unique look. The class is perfect for beginners and those with previous wire or metalsmithing experience.

Fabulous Findings and Dramatic Dangles Tired of the same old clasps and ear wires? Would you like to set your work apart with unique elements that can’t be bought at the store? Then this workshop— centered on the findings that make jewelry wearable and unique—is for you. Working with wire in a variety of gauges and sheet metal, students begin by Wire pieces by Mïa Vollkommer exploring different designs and production methods for headpins, clasps, ear wires, hoops, and charms. Then, they begin creating one-of-a-kind necklaces and earring sets with the findings they’ve made. Wire work and the safe use of butane torches and cutting-texturing sheet metal is discussed. One 7-hour session includes a lunch break (students provide their own); Mïa Vollkommer; Sat., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.; $45 wire and sheet metal kit fee ($45; $60 for kit plus shop shears); additional supply list online; CODE 1K0-0DA; Members $125; Nonmembers $145

Personalized Best Friend Necklaces

Bracelets by Mïa Vollkommer

One 4-hour session; Mïa Vollkommer; Sat., Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m.; $30 wire kit available for purchase in class; Studio Arts hand tools available to check out; additional supply list online; CODE 1K0-0CW; Members $75; Nonmembers $95

A Riveted Ring Create a stunning ring in sterling silver using a rolling mill, jeweler’s saw, and cold- connection riveting techniques. Learn to imprint a texture onto metal, then cut, form, and rivet your design, which can also be personalized using metal alphabet stamps. Studio Arts hand tools are available to borrow. One 5-hour session with lunch break (students provide their own); Mïa Vollkommer; Sun., Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.; metal and wire kit $30 available for purchase; additional supply list online; CODE 1K0-0CY; Members $90; Nonmembers $110

Ring by Mïa Vollkommer

Classes are taught by professional artists and teachers. View detailed class descriptions and supplies information at

Create the perfect unique gift for a friend or loved one and get a beautiful necklace for yourself in the bargain! Using metal texturing, wire wrapping and basic metal stamping techniques create a silver pendant with a gemstone bead accent that can be personalized with the wearer’s initials. Necklaces by Mïa Vollkommer Studio Arts tools are available to borrow, and see the materials list for some optional supplies to bring to class. Suitable for ages 14 and up. One 3-hour session; Mïa Vollkommer; Sun., Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0DC; $25 kit fee; additional supply list online; Members $65; Nonmembers $85

Pendant Necklaces Stones and Bails Learn how to create gorgeous designs using stone pendants with tricky hole placement, such as doughnuts, top-drilled, and front-toback-drilled pieces. Using wire, a few tools, and beads, students finish several stunning pendants. Experience with basic wirework, hand tools, and making open and Pendants by Mïa Vollkommer closed loops is recommended. Students may borrow Studio Arts hand tools while they’re working. One 3.5-hour session; Mïa Vollkommer; Sun., Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m.; $20 wire kit fee; additional supply list online; CODE 1K0-0DB; Members $75; Nonmembers $95



Studio Arts Relief Printing

Art from a Broken Dish

Linocut and Woodblock

Mosaics in the Pique Assiette Tradition

This class is an introduction to the relief print, from techniques of design and transfer through cutting and printing the block. After an introductory lecture featuring the wood cuts and wood engravings of noted 20thcentury artists from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection such as Leonard Baskin, Wanda Gag, Rockwell Kent, Lynd Ward, By Max-Karl Winkler and William H. Johnson, students learn to design and produce their own editions, using nontoxic materials and employing both one-color and two-color techniques. 8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Max-Karl Winkler; Mon. Jan. 7–March 11 (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18), 6:30 p.m.; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FE; supply list on website; Members $225; Nonmembers $275

Introduction to Afghan Illumination In this beginning class, a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan, teaches elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition. Students create geometric, vegetal, and floral motifs and nature-based designs using graph and tracing paper and transfer their designs onto fine-art paper. They then learn to color the designs with opaque watercolors, outline them in black ink, and apply illuminations using gold leaf and By Sughra Hussainy gum Arabic to create stunning ornamentation for calligraphy, manuscripts, and more. 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Sughra Hussainy; Sat., Jan. 12–March 9 (no class Feb. 16), 1 p.m.; some shared supplies provided; additional supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FA; Members $245; Nonmembers $295

Pique assiette is French for “plate thief,” a person who is a scrounger or sponger. In art, it refers to recycled or “scrounged” materials used in a form of mosaics, such as old or broken plates and assorted found objects. Students create mosaic art inspired by the pique assiette tradition. Hands-on sessions cover materials; nipping, cutting, and proper tool use; effective design methods; grouting; and tips Mosaic by Bonnie Fitzgerald and tricks to create an artistic treasure from forgotten or damaged items. All levels welcome. TWO OPTIONS: 8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Bonnie Fitzgerald; Tues., Jan. 29–March 19, 1 p.m. (CODE 1K0-0FC); Tues., Jan. 29–March 19, 6:30 p.m. (CODE 1K0-0FD); supply fee of $65 is payable to the instructor, and includes assortment of materials needed to complete artwork; bring items from home, such as a broken platter, buttons, or knick-knacks; supply list on website; Members $245; Nonmembers $295

Penland Pottery Basket Workshop

Basket by Lori Schue

Students of all levels learn from an expert how to create a beautiful textured basket in a pattern that combines twining and braiding techniques. They learn how to weave the round spoke basket—a shape reminiscent of pottery from the famous Penland School of Crafts—by measuring and placing reeds to act as foundation for the decorative colored braiding.

One 3-hour session; Lori VanKirk Schue; Sat., March 2, 1 p.m.; bring spring-type clothespins, small straight-nosed garden clipper, and dish towel; all other materials and shared tools provided; $35 supply fee is payable to instructor; CODE 1K0-0FB; Members $65; Nonmembers $85


Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Get the most out of your digital camera in this full-day, hands-on workshop that provides a head start on producing great shots. Exposure settings, color and tone, resolution, file formats, picture quality, transferring files, and using a browser are among the essential technical tools for the digital shooter covered in the session. TWO OPTIONS: One 7.5 hour session; Eliot Cohen; Sun., Nov. 11 (CODE 1K0-0CA); Sun., Feb. 10 (CODE 1K0-0FV); 9:30 a.m.; wear comfortable clothes and shoes for afternoon shooting session; Members $220; Nonmembers $270


Moving Beyond Auto Mode Learn how to use your SLR or mirrorless camera to best advantage in this hands-on class. In the morning, the focus is on how to use features such as ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and depth of field Information regarding RAW vs. JPEG files and White Balance is also discussed. Shooting modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority, and manual are demonstrated. The afternoon is given over to practice during a field shooting session on the Mall. You’ll be out of auto mode by the end of the session! Bring your camera and lenses, an empty card, and a fully charged battery. It may be helpful to have the camera manual.

Photo by instructor Eliot Cohen


THREE OPTIONS: One 7-hour session; Eliot Cohen; Sun., Dec. 2 (CODE 1K0-0BZ); Sun., Jan. 13 (CODE 1K0-0GT); Sun., March 10 (CODE 1K0-0GU); 9:30 a.m.; Members $210; Nonmembers $260

Published ticket prices are subject to change, depending on availability.

Studio Arts Introduction to Lightroom

The Joy of Photography

Weekend Workshop

An Exploratory Course

Adobe Lightroom is useful software for organizing and editing both RAW and JPEG image files. This workshop focuses on working with a pair of essential modules. The Library module can be used for importing, exporting, deleting, and grouping files; sorting and ranking files for quality; and attaching keywords for easy retrieval. Learn how to set up a checklist of tasks as files are imported and managed. The Develop module is used to improve files’ tone, color, and fine detail, and to edit globally or selectively with intuitive tools. Personal laptops are not required but are recommended. Lightroom 5, 6, or Classic (not Lightroom CC) should be installed and functional on your laptop. PCs in the computer lab are also available for student use.

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images. Students work digitally, and Photo by instructor Marty Kaplan topics include aperture, shutter speed, metering, exposure, ISO, composition, special effects, and flash photography. The instructor gives weekly assignments and reviews them in subsequent classes. Point-and-shoot digital cameras are not appropriate. Bring to the first class a digital SLR camera with manual or override capabilities and images for review on a flash drive or CD or in print. TWO OPTIONS: 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Marty Kaplan; Sun., Jan.

THREE OPTIONS: 2 sessions; 4 hours each; Eliot Cohen; Sat., Nov. 17 and Sun., Nov. 18 (CODE 1K0-0CB); Sat., Jan. 26 and Sun., Jan. 27 (CODE 1K0-0GE); Sat., March 16 and Sun., March 17 (CODE 1K00GF); 9:30 a.m.; Members $225; Nonmembers $245

Introduction to Photography

Photo by Andargé Asfaw

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this class offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition. Critiques of class and home assignments enhance the technical skills you learn. At least two photo shoot excursions outside of the class-room are scheduled. Students must have a camera with manual controls, and a tripod is needed for the class.

8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Andargé Asfaw; Wed., Jan. 9–Feb. 27, 12:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0GB; Members $200; Nonmembers $250

13–March 10 (no class Feb. 17), 10:15 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0GR; Tues., Jan. 15–March 5, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0GS; Members $225; Nonmembers $275

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Photography: A Hands-on History Trace photography’s development as an art form with art historian and photographer Patricia Howard. Discussion topics include pictorialism and realism in 19th-century photography; how surrealism embraced the photograph; the portrait from tintype to digital selfies; and the range of forms and styles in contemporary photography. Lectures enhance hands-on projects: building a camera obscura; creating cyanotypes and surrealist-inspired rayograms; retouching a portrait in Lightroom; and retouching and handpainting photographs. All experience levels welcome.

Cyanotype by Patricia Howard

6 sessions; 3 hours each; Patricia Howard; Fri., Jan. 25–March 1, 10:30 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0GQ; Members $195; Nonmembers $245 (see p. 22 for more information)

Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom This class provides a thorough introduction to the 35mm camera and the basics of photo darkroom techniques. Learn how to use your camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print in the Smithsonian Associates’ well-equipped darkroom. Lecture-demonstrations, class assignments, critiques, and practical darkroom work help you to understand photography from shutter speed to finished print. Discover, too, how black-and-white film and darkroom skills can enhance the work you create digitally. 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Patricia Howard; Tues., Jan. 8–Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.; bring 35mm adjustable camera to the first class; developing chemicals are provided; CODE 1K0-0FY; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

By Patricia Howard



Studio Arts World Art History Certificate elective: Earn ½ credit

Introduction to Photography II

Self Portraits: Photography

This class is ideal for students who are familiar with their cameras but are interested in expanding their understanding of photography fundamentals. Sessions focus on lighting, composition, shooting techniques, and gear, and photoediting soft-ware is also discussed. Critiques are conducted, and one photo excursion is scheduled. Students must have a camera with manual controls and a tripod; bring your camera and manual to the first session.

Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Eye to Eye: SelfPortraits from 1900 to Today, this two-part workshop focuses on the art of self-portraiture through photography. During a tour of the exhibition, students view photographic selfPhoto by student Tian Lan portraits, paying attention to individual approaches including poses, lighting, angle, and specific photographic processes the artists used. In the studio, students create their own self-portrait with instructor guidance. Class discussions focus on effective approaches and methods, including lighting and angle, to achieve a successful self-portrait. The class provides an opportunity for creativity and exploration of individual self-expression.

8 sessions; 2.5 hours each; Andargé Asfaw; Tues., Jan. 8–Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0GA; Members $200; Nonmembers $250

2 sessions; 2 hours each; Patricia Howard; Sun., Dec. 2 and 9, 2 p.m.; first session meets at the National Portrait Gallery’s main entrance lobby, 8th and F Streets, NW; bring a digital camera to second session in Ripley Center; CODE 1K0-0DH; Members $85; Nonmembers $100

Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition

Introduction to iPhone Photography Put away your point-and-shoot camera and pull out your iPhone to create great images. Learn how to make the most of your phone’s camera, starting with photography basics such as essential compositional skills and exposure, then moving on to an exploration of some of the best Photo by Peggy Feerick apps, camera accessories, and lowcost tools for editing and image management. During the lunch break, capture some sights on the National Mall to share with the class in a critique session. TWO OPTIONS: One 4-hour session; Peggy Feerick; Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0GC; Sun., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0GD; Members $75; Nonmembers $95

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED Open Darkroom Plus This class is geared to photographers with basic or proficient darkroom skills who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area. Possible topics include toning, fiber-based printing, dodging and burning, and assessment of print quality. THREE OPTIONS: 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Paul Matthai; Thurs., Jan. 10–Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0GJ; Joe Yablonsky; Sat., Jan. 12– March 9 (no class Feb. 16), 10:15 a.m.; CODE 1K0-0GK; Sat., Jan. 12– March 9 (no class Feb. 16), 1:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0GL; Members $235; Nonmembers $285 TWO OPTIONS: 4 sessions; 3 hours each; Joe Yablonsky; Fri., Jan. 11– Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m., CODE 1K0-0GM; Fri., Feb. 15–March 8, 6:30 p.m., CODE 1K0-0GN; Members $120; Nonmembers $150



Photo by Andargé Asfaw

The balance of visual tension in an image is fundamental in photography. When achieved successfully, wellmade visual relationships are created. This course offers participants a better understanding of compositional elements and how best to apply them. Emphasis is placed on practices that promote taking better and more unique photographs, including simplicity, balance, and natural lighting conditions. Weekly lectures and assignments feature topics including extended shutter speeds, light graffiti, bokeh templates, Photo by Joe Yablonsky and macro photography. Students should have an understanding of basic camera operation. 5 sessions; 3 hours each; Joe Yablonsky; Wed., Jan. 9–Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0GP; Members $185; Nonmembers $235

Continued Blackand-White Film Photography and the Darkroom Designed for students who have completed Introduction to Blackand-White Film Photog-raphy and the Darkroom, this class refines black-and-white printing skills and understanding of Photo by Paul Matthai 35mm-camera operation. In addition to weekly assignments, illustrated lectures, demonstrations, and informal group critiques, students explore papers and developers in darkroom work. Sessions also cover low-light shooting, “pushing” film, special printing techniques, and electronic flash. 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Paul Matthai; Mon., Jan. 7–March 11 (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18), 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0FU; all developing chemicals included; Members $235; Nonmembers $285

Published ticket prices are subject to change, depending on availability.

Studio Arts Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs Learn how to get your photos seen and sold. This valuable workshop covers strategies to get your photos seen by the public, such as juried exhibitions, photo contests, showing in alternative spaces (bookstores and coffee shops), art festivals, galleries, and websites. It also addresses photographic portfolios, copyrighting your images, email marketing, postcards, pricing, printing your photos, and matting and framing. One 3-hour session; Joe Yablonsky; Tues., Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0FX; Members $45; Nonmembers $65

Build Your Photographic Portfolio

Classes are taught by professional artists and teachers. View detailed class descriptions and instructors’ portfolios at

Introduction to Studio Portraiture Classes focus on such topics as posing a subject; using highlight and shadow to create three-dimensional contrast; the difference between high key and low key lighting; using a flash meter; and understanding strobe lighting. Participants produce portfolios of portraits of models and their classmates. Students may work in format of their choice; point-and-shoot cameras are not appropriate for this class. Solid camera operation experience required. 8 sessions; 3 hours each; Marty Kaplan; Mon., Jan. 7– March 11 (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18), 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0FZ; Members $225; Nonmembers $275

Mastering Exposure

Go beyond taking random photographs and develop a cohesive body of work that is uniquely yours. Review some contemporary photographers’ work and define the characteristics that are incorporated into their portfolios. Then evaluate your best photos and identify the attributes that define your own photographic vision. Targeted homework assignments help you increase your collection of portfolio-quality work. Portfolio books, print sizes, order of presentation, photography websites, and presentation methods are also discussed.

Participants develop a greater understanding of exposure modes, exposure compensations, filter exposure factors, bracketing, metering modes, histograms, zone system, dynamic range, eliminating camera shake, tripods, and some flash concepts. Students learn how to correctly assess a scene and override what the camera recommends to consistently take accurately exposed photographs. Skills are honed by completing specifically designed assignments and through in-class review of work produced. Students should have taken an introductory photography class, have good working knowl-edge of their cameras, and have a camera with the classic exposure modes (P, A/Av, S/Tv, M).

3 sessions; 3 hours each; Joe Yablonsky; Wed., Feb. 13–27, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K00FT; Members $125; Nonmembers $145

Photo by Joe Yablonsky

Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting


Learn how to get digital photos printed accurately and custom cut windows in mat board. The class covers inexpensive online printing labs, paper choices, aspect ratios, how to get the whole photo printed (without getting the edges cut off), mat board choices and sources, and mat cutter tools. Bring 2 JPG images to the first session that you would like to print and resize them in class. Students are required to get the photos printed and bring them to the second session. Then, custom cut the window in the mat board and assemble the final product. Students leave the class with work ready to be installed into easily available 11 x 14 frames. 2 sessions; 3 hours each; Joe Yablonsky; Mon., Feb. 11 and 25, 6:30 p.m.; mat board included; supply list on website; CODE 1K0-0FW; Members $100; Nonmembers $125

Photo by Marty Kaplan

5 sessions; 3 hours each; Joe Yablonsky; Thurs., Jan. 31– Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0GG; Members $185; Nonmembers $235

ON-LOCATION On-Location Photography Learn to capture this vibrant capital city’s many great spots for on-location shoots as you sharpen your way of thinking about shooting outdoors. Students learn to take better photos by taking fewer of them and keeping post-processing to a minimum. Emphasis is placed on what happens before the shutter release is pressed, and on truly pre-visualizing the photograph. Class sessions include lectures, field trips, loosely structured assignments, and critique sessions aimed at developing strategies for shooting outdoors. Lectures cover depth of field, exposure adjustments, using a tripod, composition, and natural lighting conditions. A basic understanding of photographic concepts is required, along with a camera that allows for adjustments to the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and exposure compensation. Participants provide their own cameras and may work in the camera format of their choice.

Photo by Joe Yablonsky

8 sessions; 3 hours each; Joe Yablonsky; Sun., Jan. 13–March, 10 (no class Feb. 17), 1:30 p.m.; CODE 1K0-0GH; Members $225; Nonmembers $275




Smithsonian Associates Membership Benefits The Smithsonian Associates opens the Smithsonian’s rich and varied resources to our members. When you join the Smithsonian Associates you become a part of the largest museum-based cultural and educational program in the world. As an insider, you have unparalleled access to the Smithsonian's world of knowledge—and enjoy a full array of exclusive benefits. The Smithsonian Associates, unlike the museums, is not federally funded and relies instead on individual contributions to help bridge the gap between program expenses and ticket revenues. There are many membership options across the Smithsonian Institution, but Smithsonian Associates membership is the ONLY program that directly supports Associates’ programming and outreach efforts, and the only way to access ticket discounts and exclusive benefits at our programs. Effective January 2018



Promoter – $100

Champion – $80

Associate – $50

When you become a member you’ll be among the first to know about the outstanding programs we bring you every month—which add up to more than 750 opportunities for discovery, enrichment, and learning you’ll find nowhere else. Membership has its benefits: Members receive a range of valuable discounts, including savings up to 35% off Smithsonian Associates program tickets, and access to tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

Members-only ticket priority—get your tickets before they go on sale to the general public (some exclusions may apply)

Access to members-only programs, including the popular annual Breakfast at the Zoo

Eligibility to purchase one ticket per program at the discounted member price (savings up to 35%)

Subscription to the monthly Smithsonian Associates program guide

10% discount at Smithsonian museum shops,, and select Smithsonian restaurants

Eligibility to purchase up to four tickets per program at the discounted member price (savings up to 35%)

Priority consideration for waitlisted programs, including study tours (some exclusions may apply)

Recognition on the Smithsonian Associates website

Smithsonian magazine delivered to your home

Eligibility to purchase up to six tickets per program at the discounted member price (savings up to 35%)

Invitation for two to exclusive complimentary tours of exhibitions throughout the year

Discounts on Art Collectors Program fine-art prints


Benefactor–$5,000 and up

Partner – $2,500

Sponsor –$1,000

Patron – $600

Contributor– $300

Advocate – $175


ALL OF THE BENEFITS of the Introductory Membership Levels, plus:

Advance digital copy of the monthly Smithsonian Associates program guide

20% discount at during special Member Days sales

Two complimentary tickets to one exclusive after-hours Mingle at the Museum event

VIP access, activities, and seating at the popular annual members-only Breakfast at the Zoo

Advance ticket purchasing by phone for high-demand programs, including Smithsonian Summer Camp

Invitation for two to a Smithsonian Insider event during the year

No handling fees on phone purchases

Recognition on the annual donor list in the Smithsonian Associates program guide and the annual donor plaque at our headquarters on the National Mall

Advance ticket purchasing to select premier headliner events

Complimentary invitation for two to an exclusive Meeting the Masters reception

Eligibility to participate in special travel programs sponsored by Smithsonian Journeys

Complimentary tickets for two to a lecture or performance (value equal to $30 per ticket or less)

Copy of the Smithsonian’s annual report

Complimentary VIP tickets for two and a parking pass for Breakfast at the Zoo

Reserved seating at most Smithsonian Associates programs

Invitations to backstage meet-and-greets at select Smithsonian Associates programs

Advance ticket purchasing for embassy programs and receptions

Dedicated concierge phone line for inquiries and tickets

An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with a docent

Invitation for two to the popular Annual Smithsonian Weekend

Recognition in the Smithsonian’s annual report

As a member of the Smithsonian Associates Circle of Support, you’ll play a vital and valued role in our work. Your contributions to the Smithsonian Associates provide the support that enables all of our programs to continue and grow. There’s no better time to consider enhancing the level of your support. Depending on the level you choose, you’ll enjoy enhanced benefits such as early registration for Smithsonian Summer Camp and special programs, reserved seating at sold-out events, and invitations to exclusive receptions with speakers.

Recognition as a sponsor of a selected Smithsonian Associates program

Complimentary VIP tickets for six and two parking passes for Breakfast at the Zoo

Priority seating at all Smithsonian Associates programs

Additional 20% discount on member prices for Art Collectors Program fine-arts prints

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Getting Here


Below is a list of our most frequent program locations.

1 Baird Auditorium Natural History Museum

10th and Constitution Ave., NW Metro: Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange/Silver) 2 Warner Bros. Theater

American History Museum 14th and Constitution Ave., NW

Metro: Smithsonian station, Mall exit (Blue/Orange/Silver) 3 Lisner Auditorium George Washington University 21st and H St., NW Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU (Blue/Orange/Silver) 4 Meyer Auditorium

Freer Gallery of Art 12th and Independence Ave., SW Metro: Smithsonian station, Independence Ave. exit

(Blue/Orange/Silver) 5 Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th and G Sts., NW Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red, Yellow/Green)

7 Renwick Gallery, Grand Salon 1661 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Metro: Farragut North (Red) or Farragut West (Blue/Orange/Silver) 8 Ring Auditorium

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th and Independence Ave., SW Metro: Smithsonian station, Mall exit

(Blue/Orange/Silver) 9 Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Metro: Smithsonian station, Mall exit

(Blue/Orange/Silver) 10 Smithsonian Castle 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW Metro: Smithsonian–Mall exit

(Blue/Orange/Silver) 11 STUDY TOURS BUS PICKUPS Location for most local tours: Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St., SW (corner of 6th & C); Metro: L’Enfant Plaza–7th & Maryland Ave. exit (Yellow/Green/ Blue/Orange/Silver)

12 U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Auditorium 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial (Green/Yellow) 13 Voice of America Auditorium Wilbur J. Cohen Building 330 Independence Ave., SW (enter on C St.); Metro: Federal Center SW (Blue/Orange/Silver) 14 University of the District of Columbia Theater of the Arts NOT SHOWN ON MAP

4200 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Metro: Van Ness/UDC (Red line) METRO The Mall entrance of the Smithsonian station closes at 10 p.m. The other entrance, at Independence Ave. and 12th St., SW, closes at midnight and at 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays), as do the Gallery Place and Federal Triangle stations, To be sure not to miss the last train to your destination, call Metro at 202-637-7000 for schedules.

6 Rasmuson Theater

American Indian Museum 4th and Independence Ave., SW Metro: L‘Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Silver or Green/Yellow); Maryland Ave./Smithsonian Museums Exit


PARKING Nearby Colonial Parking garages are shown on the map. Some offer $6 parking for our events on weekday evenings after 5:30 p.m. and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Inquire before parking and have your event ticket with you. Parking lot hours vary. Very limited metered parking is available around the Mall ($2 per hour).


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Programs by Format


Dante’s Divine Comedy.......................................Sat, Dec 1................................8

art + design

Fiction Writing..........................................................Sat, Dec 1................................8

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King.....................Thurs, Dec 6 ........................18

Inside Shakespeare ...............................................Sat, Jan 26............................14

Christmas with the First Ladies .........................Sun, Dec 16 .........................20

Fortresses and Fantasies .......................................Sat, Nov 3 ..............................16

Bach and Handel ...................................................Tues, Jan 29 .........................15

Art Deco .....................................................................Sat, Nov 17............................17

The Books That Fought Slavery.........................Thurs, Jan 31 .......................15

Fin-de Siecle Vienna .............................................Sat, Dec 8 .............................19

Chinese Art ..............................................................Mon, Feb 4...........................22

The Divine Michelangelo ...................................Sat, Dec 15...........................19

The Medieval Illuminated Manuscript.............Wed, Jan 30 .........................22

Four Pivotal American Women Artists.............Sat, Jan 26............................21

science + nature

Visual Literacy .........................................................Sat, Jan 12............................21

Unlocking the Mystery of the Ribosome........Tues, Nov 13........................24

Take Control of Your Health ...............................Sun, Feb 10..........................26

Eye on Asteroids ...................................................Wed, Nov 14........................24

The Magnificent Cities of Russia.........................Sat, Nov 3 ..............................27

Wired That Way ......................................................Tues, Nov 27........................25

Ancient Israel and Its Neighbors .......................Sat, Dec 8 .............................30

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe ...............Fri, Nov 30............................25

Churchill: The Man Behind the Myths ............Sun, Jan 13 ..........................32

Advances in Military Medicine ...........................Sat, Dec 1 .............................26

Jerusalem Through the Ages .............................Sun, Feb 3 ............................33

An Imperfect Heartbeat .......................................Thurs, Dec 13......................26

Napoleon..................................................................Sun, Feb 3 ............................33

Chesapeake Cuisine .............................................Tues, Jan 8............................26


past + present

The Art of India ........................................................Wed, Nov 7 ...........................16

Jefferson ...................................................................Mon, Nov 5 ..........................27

Literature of the South...........................................Mon, Nov 19 ...........................5

Midterm Elections Reveal America ....................Thurs, Nov 8 .........................28

The Pulse on Modern Medicine .......................Tues, Jan 15 .........................25

Americans and the Holocaust ...........................Thurs, Nov 29......................29

China and Japan ......................................................Tues, Dec 4 ...........................31

How the Great War Changed America ...........Tues, Dec 4 ..........................30 The Cambridge Five..............................................Tues, Dec 11........................30


A Tudor Christmas Celebration..........................Wed, Dec 12........................31

culture + ideas

Michael Beschloss on Wartime Presidents....Thurs, Dec 13......................31

Maple Syrup ............................................................Wed, Nov 7.............................2

Rescuing Lt. Col. Hambleton..............................Thurs, Jan 10 .......................32

Christina Tosi ...........................................................Thurs, Nov 8 ...........................3

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Political Legacy...........Wed, Jan 23 .........................32

Home Cooking, Cuban-style ..............................Wed, Nov 14 ..........................3 Travels in France ...................................................Wed, Nov 14 ..........................3


Loving Lenny.............................................................Thurs, Nov 15..........................4

What Makes It Great? .........................................Sun, Nov 4 ..............................2

Washington: City of Writers ................................Thurs, Nov 15 ........................4

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society (SCMS)

Belgian Beer ............................................................Fri, Nov 16...............................4

Axelrod String Quartet ...........................Sat, Jan 26; Sun,Jan 27 .................6

Music City, D.C. ......................................................Wed, Nov 28 ..........................5

Masterworks of Five Centuries.............Sun, Dec 26 .....................................7

Magical Prague .......................................................Thurs, Nov 29 ........................5

Emerson String Quartet .......................................Sun, Dec 9 ..............................9

Sherlock Holmes....................................................Wed, Dec 5 .............................8 Pie, Squared ............................................................Thurs, Dec 6 ...........................9 Champagne Cocktails...........................................Mon, Dec 10 ..........................9 Smithsonian Jobs: Religion and Politics .........Tues, Dec 11........................12


Drawing, Painting, Fiber Arts, Other Media, Photography....................34-17 STUDY TOURS

Finding Allah in the Qur’an.................................Wed, Dec 12........................12 Auctioning the Past ...............................................Mon, Dec 17........................12 J.D. Salinger: The Eloquent Recluse ................Mon, Jan 7............................13 Evangelicalism in America ..................................Wed, Jan 9............................13 Voices From the Fourth Estate...........................Tues, Jan 15 .........................13 The Stories Behind Harry Potter’s Magic........Wed, Jan 16 .........................14

Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park ..................Fri, Dec 7...............................18 A Trio of Museum Gems .....................................Sat, Jan 12............................20 Nature, History, and Art in Fairfax County......Sat, Nov 3 .............................24 Western Maryland Scenic Railroad...................Sat, Nov 10 ..........................28 Alexandria: Where DC’s Breweries Began .....Sat, Nov 17 ..........................29

A Toast to the Rat Pack ........................................Mon, Jan 28 .........................14 David Rubenstein on Philanthropy ..................Tues, Feb 5 ...........................15



Programs by Date NOVEMBER

Sat, Nov 3

Fortresses and Fantasies.............................................16 Nature, History, and Art in Fairfax County .............24 The Magnificent Cities of Russia ..............................27

Sun, Nov 4

What Makes It Great? ....................................................2

Mon, Nov 5

Jefferson ...........................................................................27

Wed, Nov 7

Maple Syrup.......................................................................2 The Art of India...............................................................16

Thurs, Nov 8

Sun, Dec 9

Emerson String Quartet..................................................9

Mon, Dec 10

Champagne Cocktails .....................................................9

Tues, Dec 11

Smithsonian Jobs: Religion and Politics..................12 The Cambridge Five......................................................30

Wed, Dec 12

A Tudor Christmas Celebration..................................31 Thurs, Dec 13

Sat, Nov 10

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad ...........................28

Tues, Nov 13

Unlocking the Mystery of the Ribosome ................24

Wed, Nov 14

Home Cooking, Cuban-style .........................................3 Travels in France ..............................................................3

An Imperfect Heartbeat ...............................................26 Michael Beschloss on Wartime Presidents ............31

Christina Tosi .....................................................................3

Midterm Elections Reveal America..........................28

Finding Allah in the Qur’an .........................................12

Sat, Dec 15

The Divine Michelangelo ...........................................19

Sun, Dec 16

Christmas with the First Ladies ................................20

Mon, Dec 17

Auctioning the Past .......................................................12


Eye on Asteroids ...........................................................24

Wed, Jan 1

Four Pivotal American Women Artists....................21

Loving Lenny ....................................................................4

Mon, Jan 7

J.D. Salinger: The Eloquent Recluse.........................13

Washington: City of Writers ...........................................4

Tues, Jan 8

Chesapeake Cuisine .....................................................26

Fri, Nov 16

Belgian Beer ......................................................................4

Wed, Jan 9

Evangelicalism in America...........................................13

Sat, Nov 17

Art Deco ...........................................................................17

Thurs, Jan 10

Rescuing Lt. Col. Hambleton......................................32

Alexandria: Where DC’s Breweries Began..............29

Sat, Jan 12

A Trio of Museum Gems .............................................20

Thurs, Nov 15

Visual Literacy .................................................................21

Mon, Nov 19

Literature of the South ...................................................5

Tues, Nov 27

Wired That Way ..............................................................25

Sun, Jan 13

Churchill: The Man Behind the Myths.....................32

Wed, Nov 28

Music City, D.C. .................................................................5

Tues, Jan 15

Voices From the Fourth Estate...................................13

Thurs, Nov 29

Magical Prague..................................................................5

Fri, Nov 30

Americans and the Holocaust....................................29

Wed, Jan 16

The Stories Behind Harry Potter’s Magic ................14

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe .......................25

Wed, Jan 23

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Political Legacy ...................32

Sat, Jan 26

Inside Shakespeare .......................................................14

Mon, Jan 28

A Toast to the Rat Pack ................................................14

Tues, Jan 29

Bach and Handel ...........................................................15

Wed, Jan 30

The Medieval Illuminated Manuscript .....................22

Thurs, Jan 31

The Books That Fought Slavery .................................15


Sat, Dec 1

Dante’s Divine Comedy .................................................8 Fiction Writing ....................................................................8 Advances in Military Medicine ...................................26

Tues, Dec 4

The Pulse on Modern Medicine................................25

How the Great War Changed America....................30 China and Japan ............................................................31

Wed, Dec 5

Sherlock Holmes ..............................................................8

Thurs, Dec 6

Pie, Squared.......................................................................9


Sun, Feb 3

Jerusalem Through the Ages......................................33 Napoleon .........................................................................33

Versailles, Palace of the Sun King .............................18

Mon, Feb 4

Chinese Art ......................................................................22

Fri, Dec 7

Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park...........................18

Tues, Feb 5

David Rubenstein on Philanthropy...........................15

Sat, Dec 8

Fin-de Siecle Vienna .....................................................19

Sun, Feb 10

Take Control of Your Health .......................................26

Ancient Israel and Its Neighbors ...............................30



Please note: Published ticket prices are subject to change, depending on availability.

Membership Depending on your level of support, you will receive special benefits, including significant savings on most Smithsonian Associates program tickets; a monthly Smithsonian Associates program guide; discounts at museum shops and restaurants; notices about behind-the-scenes tours and special receptions with world-class speakers; and much more! Visit or call 202-633-3030 for more information. Join today!


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Mail..............................Smithsonian Associates, P.O. Box 23293, Washington, D.C. 20026-3293 In person....................Mon.– Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr., S.W., Suite 3077, Washington, D.C. 20560 Fees.............................There is a $3 nonrefundable per ticket processing fee on all tickets, except for Members-Only free events, Summer Camps, Smithsonian Sleepovers, and Discovery Theater. Please note that programs with multiple sessions have discounted processing fees applied to each individual session and charged as one fee. There is an additional $3 nonrefundable per order handling fee on phone orders.

REFUNDS Refunds are only issued when a program is canceled or if it sells out before we receive your order.

CREDIT TO YOUR SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES ACCOUNT Credit for cancellations or exchanges are only available for programs that cost more than $40. If in compliance with the specific guidelines below, credit is issued to your Smithsonian Associates account, not your credit card. Credits are non-transferable. • Programs and Studio Arts Classes If a program or studio arts class is more than $40, and you wish to cancel your tickets or exchange them for another program, please contact Customer Service in writing (email, mail, or fax) at least two weeks before the program date to request a credit. (See contact information above.) Please note that there is a $10 cancellation fee, as well as a cost adjustment when there is a price difference between the programs. • Courses To receive credit to your Smithsonian Associates account for a course, (excluding studio arts classes), please contact Customer Service in writing (email, mail, or fax) at least two weeks before the first session. Credit will also be issued within two weekdays after the first session, provided that

CHANGES IN PUBLISHED SCHEDULES Smithsonian Associates reserves the right to cancel, substitute speakers and session topics within a course, and reschedule or relocate any program, if needed. Occasionally, a time, date, or location of a program must change after it has been published or tickets have been mailed. Participants are notified by phone, email, or mail. Be sure to check our website for latest updates, or call 202-633-3030 during business hours for information. We also reserve the right to refuse to register any individual or to require any participant to withdraw from an activity if the Smithsonian representative deems such action to be in the best interests of the health, safety, or welfare of the group or the participant. TICKETS AT THE DOOR Tickets are available (on a first-come, first-served basis) at the door for some Smithsonian Associates programs. Call 202-633-3030 to be sure that the program is not already sold out. GROUP DISCOUNTS Group discounts (for 10 or more) are available for some programs. Please call 202-633-3030 for details. PHOTOGRAPHING AND RECORDING PROGRAMS Participants at Smithsonian Associates programs may be photographed or filmed

Customer Service is contacted in writing (email, mail, or fax) within that period. (Credit will be prorated to reflect the cost of the first session. No credit will be given after the first session.) • Overnight Study Tours To receive credit to your Smithsonian Associates account for an overnight tour, please contact Customer Service in writing (email, mail, or fax) at least 45 days before the tour date. At that point, there is a $10 cancellation fee. If your request is received between 44 and 15 days before the tour, cancellation fee is $100. No credit will be issued for cancellations received fewer than 15 days before the tour date. The cost of some components of tickets—such as entrance fees, theater tickets, food programs and meals, and some forms of transportation, may not be credited.

for the educational and promotional purposes of Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian Associates. Filming and/or photographing by participants at Smithsonian Associates programs is not permitted. VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES Smithsonian Associates seeks to make activities accessible to people with disabilities. Patrons with disabilities are encouraged to call before registering for programs to inquire about the accessibility of the presentations and locations. For information or to request accessibility assistance, please call 202-633-3030 (VOICE) or send an email to customerservice@ Interpreters for programs are provided free of charge. Smithsonian Associates will make arrangements if requests are made at least two weeks in advance of the program. MOVING? Please write us with your new information and allow 6 weeks for the change to take effect. HAVE QUESTIONS? Call Customer Service at 202-633-3030 M–F, 9–5, or stop by our office at 1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W., Suite 3077, (west of the Smithsonian Castle), between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. (Metro: Blue/Orange/Silver line, Smithsonian–Mall exit)


Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560-0701

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On the cover: Crescita Range, Kristel Britcher; Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

The Gift of Color… Prints from Smithsonian Associates Art Collectors Program capture worlds of color—and make memorable gifts.

Piazza San Marco, by LeRoy Neiman (detail) Retail: $1200 Members: $950*

Red Geranium by Robert Kushner (detail) Retail: $1500

Members: $1200*

Museum Moment by Sam Gilliam (detail)

Retail: $1800

Members: $1500*

Blue Moonlight by by April Gornik (detail) Retail: $1200

Members: $950*

August Breakfast/Maine by Carolyn Brady (detail) Retail: $1200

Members: $800*

Hopi Eagle Dance by Dan Namingha (detail)

Retail: $1200

Members: $900*

For more details call 202-633-8680 or visit our web site *Promoter level and above

Smithsonian Associates Nov. 2018 program guide  
Smithsonian Associates Nov. 2018 program guide