Smithsonian Associates Presents February Program Highlights

January 31, 2020
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The February issue of the Smithsonian Associates’ program guide features a variety of educational and cultural programs, including seminars, lectures, studio arts classes, performances for adults and children and local and regional study tours. Highlights this month include:

Toni Morrison: A Portrait
Sunday, Feb. 9; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
Attendees can spend a day exploring the life and works of Nobel laureate, writer and educator Toni Morrison with Michele L. Simms-Burton, founding board member of the Toni Morrison Society. She traces the creative and personal arc that spans Morrison’s formative years at Howard University to her status as an internationally acclaimed literary figure. This program is part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

You + Me = Symbiosis
Friday, Feb. 14; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
Guests can celebrate Valentine’s Day by looking at some of Mother Nature’s greatest examples of relationships that work guided by two Smithsonian scientists, lichenologist Manuela Dal Forno and entomologist Natasha Mehdiabadi.

The Science of CBD: Anecdotes and Evidence
Thursday, Feb. 20; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
Products that tout the powers of CBD are popping up all over the marketplace. Steven Grant, a neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health, examines what research has—and more importantly, has not—discovered about this elusive chemical’s potential benefits and risks.

Restaurateur Danny Meyer: Bringing Manhattan Style to DC Dining
Thursday, Feb. 20; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
Local burger fans love Shake Shack, and now there is another restaurant from Danny Meyer in town—Maialino, which pays homage to Rome’s seafood trattorias. Guests can join the man behind some of New York’s most notable eateries as he talks about opening a restaurant in Washington, his career in the culinary world and more.

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