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Smithsonian Associates
12/05/2016 at 17:30. Facebook
Watch and read about the history of Machu Picchu! To learn more about the civilizations and culture of the Andes, purchase tickets for our program on Saturday. The day-long seminar will cover everything Andean from the environment that helped birth ancient societies, to the artifacts they left behind. For ticket, click: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Machu Picchu - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com

The Emerson String Quartet's concert on December 11th will feature music composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Edvard Grieg. Get your tickets now: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Emerson String Quartet 2016-2017 Concert Series (37th Season)

Smithsonian Associates
12/03/2016 at 15:30. Facebook
What exactly makes something "Kafkaesque"? TED-Ed explains the meaning behind Franz Kafka's titular adjective.

If you're interested in Kafka, come to our "Kafka: The Man Who Defined a Nightmare" program on Saturday, December 10th! TICKETS: [ Ow.ly Link ]

What makes something "Kafkaesque"? - Noah Tavlin

Smithsonian Associates
12/02/2016 at 15:45. Facebook
Learn about the race to sequence the Human Genome in this article—a race that neither side definitively won.

Genomics will be the topic of our fourth "The Pulse on Modern Medicine" session on Thursday, December 8th. TICKETS: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Francis Collins and the NIH’s Scandalous Attempt to Claim Full Credit for Sequencing the Human Genome

Smithsonian Associates
12/02/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
Novelist E. L. Doctorow aptly described London as “a great gobbler-up of the world, physically and intellectually, the kind of writer who went to a place and wrote his dreams into it, the kind of writer who found an Idea and spun his psyche around it.”

To learn more about the life of Jack London, join Kenneth Brandt, a professor of English at the Savannah College of Art and Design, as he...
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The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London

Smithsonian Associates
12/01/2016 at 22:00. Facebook
Tonight, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" will air on TV at 8:00 PM EST. Here are some facts to tide you over until then!

14 Blockheaded Facts About 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Smithsonian Associates
12/01/2016 at 18:47. Facebook
The December program guide is here! Browse all of our programming with the link below. This month features wreath making with Smithsonian Gardens, an exploration of White House holiday celebrations and the First Ladies who hosted them, and a festive tour of Philadelphia's historic Fairmount Park neighborhood.

Check out the special holiday programming, as well as the rest of Smithsonian...
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Smithsonian Associates
12/01/2016 at 18:31. Facebook
Smithsonian Associates
12/01/2016 at 15:00. Facebook
Who do you think is the greatest: Leonardo or Michelangelo? Vote in the comments!

Looking to learn more about these two artistic giants? Come to our program, "Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo: Two Contrasts in Greatness," this Saturday! TICKETS: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Leonardo or Michelangelo: who is the greatest?

Smithsonian Associates
11/30/2016 at 17:30. Facebook
Today's the last day of National Novel Writing Month! Still trying to finish up your story? Our intern has some tips on how to keep writing and, most importantly, enjoy it.

NaNoWriMo: How to Love the Process

Smithsonian Associates
11/30/2016 at 14:45. Facebook
Who knew invasive species could be delicious? It turns out that taking these ecologically harmful species out of the environment and into the kitchen is an effective method for promoting regional biodiversity and warding off not-so-welcome others.

To learn more about this movement in cooking, sign up for our "Taking a Bite out of Invasive Species" discussion and tasting on December 9th! To...
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Want to get rid of invasive species? Eat them.

Smithsonian Associates
11/30/2016 at 14:02. Facebook
On this day, Winston Churchill, the British prime minister who led the United Kingdom through WWII, was born. We know a lot about Churchill's years as prime minister during the war, but what was Churchill up to in his 20's?

Even When He Was in His 20s, Winston Churchill Was Already on the Verge of Greatness

Smithsonian Associates
11/29/2016 at 21:00. Facebook
Today, we're never farther than a text, a tweet, or click away from someone or new information. But being plugged in doesn’t always mean we’re linked to something that truly counts: being part of an experience. Creating and nurturing these experiences—direct, immediate, memorable, and most of all, personal—are at the heart of everything we do at Smithsonian Associates. And your support makes...
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Smithsonian Associates
11/29/2016 at 19:00. Facebook
Smithsonian Associates
11/29/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
Reflect on Ray Charles' genius with our evening program on Thursday!
For tickets to our program, follow: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Read about Ray's legacy here:

Ray Charles' Fusion of Gospel and Blues Changed the Face of American Popular Music

Smithsonian Associates
11/28/2016 at 15:00. Facebook
Two of the authors on this list—P.G. Wodehouse and Jack London—are the subject of upcoming Smithsonian Associates events. In the meantime, learn how these men felt about their typewriters in this mental_floss article.

"P.G. Wodehouse: I Expect I'll Feel Better After Tea" (12/5) tickets: [ Ow.ly Link ]

"Jack London: The Adventure Path" (12/6) tickets: [ Ow.ly Link ]

19 Authors and Their Typewriters

Smithsonian Associates
11/28/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
Join us for the weekly round-up! Our programs this week include a holiday tour of historic Philadelphia homes and a celebration of Ray Charles! For the full schedule, click below:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.- Theodor Herzl: The Founder of Modern Zionism
Ralph Nurnberger, adjunct professor of international relations at Georgetown University, shares how—against the...
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Will you be attending our sold out "Cultivate Your Speaking Voice" event on November 30th? Explore how to vary your inflection, make your voice loud enough so you are heard the first time, and meet prolonged demands throughout the day with vocal endurance.

In this TED video, Julian Treasure speaks about ways to engage your audience.


Why do we call it "Black Friday"? Here are all the answers you ever wanted to know about the day after Thanksgiving.

A Brief History of Black Friday

Thanksgiving today may consist of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, but what was served hundreds of years ago? Was there even turkey?

What Was on the Menu at the First Thanksgiving?