Smithsonian Associates—the world’s largest museum-based educational program—announces 91 new programs offered from July to September through its new online learning initiative, Smithsonian Associates Streaming. The July issue of the Smithsonian Associates’ program guide features a variety of educational and cultural programs offered through a Zoom-supported digital platform, including lectures, courses, studio arts classes and virtual study tours.
Participants can meet best-selling authors Erik Larson and Kathy Reichs, take a virtual observatory tour and peer through George Mason University’s primary telescope or learn the art of “forest bathing” in their own backyard through an interactive audio experience. Experts from Washington D.C.’s Cheesemonster Studio will guide participants through curated pairings of five cheeses; a program in collaboration with the Embassy of South Africa explores the country’s 361-year winemaking history; and a lavishly illustrated four-session course explores the World Heritage Sites of Asia. Studio arts offerings include crepe-paper flower making, beading, quilting, tapestry weaving, mosaics, hand embroidery, drawing, painting, photography classes and more.
As part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, a political history curator at the National Museum of American History will explore how a timely donation to the Smithsonian ensured Susan B. Anthony’s iconic status and examine who was left out of the suffrage movement’s story. A panel of Supreme Court legal experts will preview and debate critical issues raised in some of the cases the court will take up in the fall, and a historian will examine the success of Hamilton: An American Musical and what the production gets right—and wrong—about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution and the birth of the United States.
Prices for streaming lectures are $25–30 for the general public and $20–25 for Smithsonian Associates members. Prices for courses and studio arts classes vary. For tickets and information, the public can visit www.smithsonianassociates.org/streaming.
For 55 years, Smithsonian Associates has produced vibrant educational and cultural programming that brings the Smithsonian to life. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions nearly 1,000 public programs spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages each year.
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