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COVID-19: A Gender Perspective on the Growing Humanitarian Crisis (Georgetown Institute for Women) – VIRTUAL

A virtual discussion on gender-responsive approaches to mitigating COVID-19 and global strategies for addressing the pandemic's impact. About this Event The United Nations has launched a major humanitarian response plan to mitigate COVID-19's impact on the world's most vulnerable communities. Understanding the human dimension of the tragedy highlights the dire conditions and prospects of people […]

Chinatown in Chocolate City: The Past & Future of a Changing Neighborhood (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center) – CANCELLED

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel 999 9th Street Northwest, Washington, DC

Description Once a vibrant Chinese immigrant neighborhood, Washington, DC’s Chinatown is today a bustling business and entertainment district with only about 300 remaining Chinese American residents. While Chinatown first formed in the late 19th century on Pennsylvania Avenue within view of the Capitol Building, it was displaced for the construction of federal and municipal buildings […]

Preserving Your Personal Archive – A Memory Lab Workshop (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Staff from the DC Public Library and the Veterans History Project will share tips and tools for taking care of your personal archive from home. Topics covered will include: care of photographs and personal papers, inventory of your audio-visual archive, use of personal devices for digitization, and research and preparation practices. Although the Library's Memory Lab is currently […]

Zerlina Maxwell, Author of ‘The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide’ (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. After working on two presidential campaigns (for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton), MSNBC political analyst and SiriusXM host Zerlina Maxwell gained first-hand knowledge of everything liberals have been doing right over the past few elections--and everything they are still doing wrong. Ultimately, these errors […]

Calvin Baker, Author of ‘A More Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration, and the Future of America’ – in conversation with Damon Young (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

Calvin Baker is the author of four novels, including Grace and Dominion which was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. He teaches in Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, and has also taught in the English Department at Yale University, the University of Leipzig, where he held the Picador Chair in American Studies, Long […]

Preserving Manufacturing in the COVID-19 Economy (Brookings Institution) – VIRTUAL

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the manufacturing sector. In conjunction with the economic downturn, it has altered operations, supply chains, and output. The networks of American manufacturing are interwoven and responsible for moving an enormous volume and variety of international and domestic goods. Going forward, there are questions about how to preserve and protect […]

Tiffany Cross – Say It Louder!: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy – with Dr. Jason Johnson (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

Black voters were critical to the Democrats' 2018 blue wave. In fact, 90 percent of Black voters supported Democratic House candidates, compared to just 53 percent of all voters. Despite media narratives, this was not a fluke. Throughout U.S. history, Black people have played a crucial role in the shaping of the American experiment. Tiffany […]

How COVID-19 is Reshaping the Future of Business and Work (Brookings Institution) – VIRTUAL

The unprecedented economic downturn and protracted closures to stem the COVID-19 pandemic will have long-lasting consequences for the U.S. economy. As businesses and households adapt to working during the pandemic, these consequences will ultimately reshape the future of business and work. The pandemic also presents several complex policy challenges, including widespread business failures, which will […]

The Opioid Crisis in America: Vulnerable Groups, Law Enforcement, and International Supply (Brookings Institution) – VIRTUAL

   REGISTER FOR WEBCAST As another epidemic, opioid addiction, continues to ravage the U.S. The opioid epidemic has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, generated vast national economic and social costs, and exposed the critical weaknesses and limitations of U.S. drug policy. In a new series of papers, “The opioid crisis in […]

How Cultural Factors Shape Children’s Economic Outcomes (Brookings Institution) – VIRTUAL

Children’s economic and social outcomes, both during their childhood and in their adult years, largely depend on the circumstances into which they are born and raised. Such circumstances are the product of children’s families, schools, and neighborhoods; the peers and adults with whom they spend time; the media images that shape their perceptions of themselves […]

Inflection Points 2020: Covering Politics, Race & Covid-19 (American University) – VIRTUAL

Inflection Points 2020: Covering Politics, Race & Covid-19 About this Event Join us for a riveting discussion with recent alumni from the School of Communication at American University’s Journalism Program as they discuss what’s it been like to cover recent events facing our nation. The discussion will be moderated by SOC Professor John Watson. Register […]

Conversation with Mark Gevisser, Author of ‘The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers’ (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

Mark Gevisser discusses his new book about sexual orientation and gender identity with author Colm Tóibín. About this Event Mark Gevisser’s The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers is an exploration of how the conversation around sexual orientation and gender identity has come to divide—and describe—the world in an entirely new way over the first […]

OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. In OK Boomer, Let's Talk, journalist (and Millennial) Jill Filipovic tells the definitive story of her generation--and it's no joke. Talking to gig workers, economists, policy makers, and dozens of struggling Millennials drowning in debt on a planet quite literally in flames, Filipovic paints a […]

Empowering Educators: A Convening On Racial Equity In Education (American University) – VIRTUAL

Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education The AU Antiracist Research and Policy Center is proud to partner with First Book and Pizza Hut to present Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education. Featuring National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds, as well as award-winning educator Liz Kleinrock, and AU scholars, […]

Narratives Of African American STEM Professionals, A Career Conversation Series (African American History & Culture Museum) – VIRTUAL

  Program Description The National Museum of African American History and Culture invites middle and high school students to join us as we explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through the Window and into the Mirror is a video conversation series about the experiences of African American STEM professionals today. Students will to peer into […]

19th Amendment Centennial: Family Program (National Archives) – VIRTUAL

  Join Dorothy Dougherty, Programs Director at the National Archives at New York City, as she moderates discussions with suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, and Sojourner Truth. Each woman will speak on her life, times, and involvement in the struggle for equality and justice. REGISTER

Liar’s Circus: A Strange and Terrifying Journey Into the Upside-Down World of Trump’s MAGA Rallies (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. In this daring work of immersive journalism, based on hundreds of hours of reporting, Carl Hoffman, who has written about the most dangerous and remote corners of the world, journeys deep inside Donald Trump's rallies, seeking to understand the strange and powerful […]

Yaa Gyasi, Author of ‘Transcendent Kingdom’ In Conversation with Brit Bennett (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

P&P Live!: Yaa Gyasi – Transcendent Kingdom - in conversation with Brit Bennet Yaa Gyasi is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel Homegoing and a recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2016 "5 Under 35" Award. Gyasi's brilliant and relevant novel moves through histories and geographies and captures—with outstanding economy and force—the troubled spirit of our […]

Beyond Reopening: A Leapfrog Moment to Transform Education? (Brookings Institution) – VIRTUAL

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended education around the world, shuttering school doors and leaving millions of children without formal access to learning. The global closure of schools is shedding renewed light on inequities that existed prior to COVID-19 and that threaten to further widen the learning gaps within and between countries. While much attention has […]

⭐ Can Mobile Devices Help Translate the Black Lives Matter Movement and Social Activism Into Real Change for Black Americans? (Brookings Institution) – VIRTUAL

The ubiquity of video recordings from mobile devices has recast the narrative surrounding police brutality and heightened public concerns about law enforcement. In today’s world, anyone can be a videographer and inspire a platform for public empowerment and social change. In the wake of the continuous victimization of Black people by the police — from […]

Introductory Improv With Washington Improv Theater Instructors (MCPL) – VIRTUAL

Is Improv as fun as it looks? Yes it is! And Washington Improv Theater's Improv workshops are a great way to get a taste. Washington Improv Theater ("WIT") is dedicated to sharing the ideas and spirit of improv with all of the DC Metropolitan area. WIT’s introductory Improv workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show […]

National Book Festival 2020 (Library of Congress) – VIRTUAL

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will connect with audiences across the country for an interactive, online celebration of American Ingenuity for the festival’s 20th year, featuring new books by more than 120 of the nation’s most-renowned writers, poets and artists. Festival Information: https://www.loc.gov/events/2020-national-book-festival/festival-information/

Performance Lab: Improvised Works for Free Jazz Quartet (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Celebrate the reopening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library with a series of virtual events! Sunday discover the new auditorium by watching Performance Lab: Improvised Works for Free Jazz Quartet, streaming online with the Library. Click here to watch. Charles Rahmat Shabazz Woods, reeds Crowmeat Bob Pence, reeds Luke Stewart, bass Nik Francis, drums This program is […]

Teen Trivia: Pop Culture (Baltimore County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Test your knowledge of pop culture in this fast-paced trivia program. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Discord link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start.​​​​​ Registration is required for this event.

⭐ Learn American Sign Language (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

American Sign Language Conversation Circle for Beginners continues Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 - 1 p.m. via video conferencing. This will be a chance for beginning level signers to meet and practice conversing and learn some basic signing skills, vocabulary words and rules of grammar. Although the focus is on beginners, everyone is welcome to join the class, regardless of […]

American Sign Language: Intermediate Class (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

American Sign Language Conversation Circle for intermediate level signers continues Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. via video conferencing. This will be a chance for signers with some level of signing skill to meet and practice conversing in ASL and learn signing skills, vocabulary words and rules of grammar. Focus will be on those […]

Wednesday Yoga (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Take a midday break to breathe, stretch and reset with 30 minutes of gentle yoga from our friends at Yoga District. Join the live virtual class Wednesdays at noon on the DC Public Library Facebook page. A range of options will be provided for participants of all fitness levels   SEE ALL DATES: https://www.dclibrary.org/node/67121/repeats

Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

  Join DC Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m for a virtual screening of the documentary, Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote followed by a moderated panel discussion. The screening will be shown simultaneoulsy on DC Public Library's Facebook and YouTube pages. Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote by Robert Greenwald is a short, powerful documentary about the growing threat […]

A Right to the City: Connecting Neighborhoods to Libraries and Museums through History and Storytelling (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

To celebrate the culmination of the A Right to the City pop-up exhibits in four of our neighborhood libraries, join us for a panel discussion of the exhibition and our partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum. We will discuss the exhibit's stories of DC neighborhoods and how they organized to make change for their communities. In […]

Meet Talia Levin, Author of ‘Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy’ (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

Talia Lavin discusses her new book about the dark web of white supremacy with fellow author Lyz Lenz. About this Event Talia Lavin is every skinhead's worst nightmare: a loud and unapologetic Jewish woman, acerbic, smart, and profoundly antiracist, with the investigative chops to expose the tactics and ideologies of online hatemongers. Culture Warlords is the story […]

Digital Preservation 101 (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Don’t let your memories, important paperwork, and creative projects disappear! About this Event All digital files have a life cycle, whether scanned from a physical source or “born digital" on your smartphone or computer. Digital preservation is a proactive plan to ensure that all the bits and bytes that make up your digital files can […]

⭐ A Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo, Author of ‘So You Want to Talk About Race’ (American University) – VIRTUAL

American University is honored to welcome Ijeoma Oluo, one of our nation's preeminent voices on feminism and social justice. About this Event The Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Student Services, in partnership with the Antiracist Research & Policy Center and the School of International Service, is thrilled to welcome Ijeoma Oluo to American University […]

A Conversation with Andrea S. Boyles, Author of ‘You Can’t Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America’ (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Join us for a discussion with Andrea S. Boyles, sociologist and author of You Can't Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America. In conversation with Derek Hyra, Boyles will discuss her book and her scholarship focussing on social inequality; the intersection of race, gender, and class; community and neighborhood disorder; race, place, and policing; segregation […]

⭐ American Sign Language: Beginning Level (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Join us for our ever-popular series’ of American Sign Language (ASL) classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 - 1 p.m. This will be a chance for Beginning Level signers to meet and practice conversing and learn some basic signing skills, up to 100 vocabulary words, and rules of grammar. Although focus is on beginners, everyone is welcome to join the […]

Adapting to 2020: A Writer’s Panel (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

To wrap up National Novel Writing Month, join four of today’s hottest crime fiction writers as they discuss how they adapted to 2020. E.A. Aymar, Hilary Davidson, Brianna Labuskes, and Jess Lourey will discuss releasing books this year, adjusting their writing schedules during a year of unexpected change, and how they were impacted, privately and publicly, by a year of social […]

A Stress-Free Evening with Four of America’s Leading Humorists (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

Join four of the top humorists in the country for a laugh-out-loud, stress-free evening that will put the perfect cap on your 2020. Bob Eckstein is a New Yorker cartoonist, illustrator, New York Times bestseller, NYU adjunct professor ,and world's leading snowman expert. His two new books are All’s Fair in Love & War: The Ultimate Cartoon Book and The Elements of Stress. […]

American Sign Language: Beginner Level (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Join us for our ever-popular series’ of American Sign Language (ASL) classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 - 1 p.m. (see below for schedule). This will be a chance for Beginning Level signers to meet and practice conversing and learn some basic signing skills, up to 100 vocabulary words, and rules of grammar. Although focus is on beginners, everyone […]

A Conversation About Racial Justice and Worker Mobility (Brookings Institute) – VIRTUAL

America and the world are entering a new chapter of policymaking, offering a renewed opportunity for fact-based federal policy solutions to counter the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disparities it has laid bare, and to ensure prosperity for Americans from all walks of life. Against this backdrop, Brookings’s Blueprints for American Renewal & […]

White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

This event is presented in partnership with The New Republic A timely and impassioned exploration of how our society has commodified feminism and continues to systemically shut out women of color--perfect for fans of White Fragility and Good and Mad . Join the important conversation about race, empowerment, and inclusion in the United States with this powerful new feminist classic […]

A New Path to Education Reform: The Next Chapter On 21st Century Skills (Brookings Institution) – VIRTUAL

The “factory model” of education dominates the majority of American classrooms. Teachers are pressured to improve students’ reading and math scores on standardized tests, but assessments show that scores have remained mostly unchanged since the early 2000s. This model emerged in the early 20th century to mold students for the industrial economy but is not […]

Michael E. Mann, Author of ‘The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet’ With Bill Nye (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

Recycle. Fly less. Eat less meat. These are some of the ways that we've been told can slow climate change. But the inordinate emphasis on individual behavior is the result of a marketing campaign that has succeeded in placing the responsibility for fixing climate change squarely on the shoulders of individuals. Fossil fuel companies have […]

The Post-Election Blues: How Can Americans Regain Common Ground? (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Everything seemingly divides Americans—from race to climate change, even whether to wear a mask. And now after one of the most polarized presidential campaign seasons in recent history, will it be possible to again find common ground by resurrecting the very American notion of E Pluribus Unum or “out of many, one”? That’s the central […]


Pandemic Perspectives: Mask Up! (Smithsonian National Museum of American History) – VIRTUAL

Join curators and historians for an engaging series of panels offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed in the moderated dialogue. As early as the first […]

Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

COURSE DESCRIPTION Since the beginning of the talkies, film directors have turned to classical music for their soundtracks. Whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Mascagni, Puccini, or Bach, opuses of almost every famous composer have added emotional depth to hundreds of films. With fascinating clips, witty commentary, and piano demonstrations, concert pianist and movie […]


Pandemic Perspectives: Race and Place – Yellow Fever and the Free African Society in Philadelphia (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

Join curators and historians for an engaging series of panels offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed in the moderated dialogue. In 1793, a yellow fever […]

Historically Speaking: Four Hundred Souls – A Conversation With Ibram Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum) – VIRTUAL

  Renowned scholars Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire have assembled 90 extraordinary writers to document the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. Entitled Four Hundred Souls, each contributor writes about a five-year period of 400 years of American history using essays, short […]

⭐ The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

Rosa Parks is one of the most well-known Americans today, but much of what is known and taught about her is incomplete, distorted, and just plain wrong. Adapted from the original by Jeanne Theoharis and YA author Brandy Colbert, this young readers’ edition of the NAACP Image Award-winning The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks shatters the […]

A Seat At The Table: Prison Reform and Restorative Justice (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture) – VIRTUAL

  NMAAHC's signature program A Seat at the Table will be returning on our virtual platform in 2021, please mark your calendars. The museum will host a thought-provoking conversation of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. Julianne Malveaux will moderate a discussion among journalists and media producer Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, activist, author, Atlantic Racial Equity Fellow Marlon Peterson, and […]


Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of The Urban Age (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

In Four Lost Cities, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central […]

Tyler Stovall, Author of ‘White Freedom’ With James Grossman (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

The era of the Enlightenment, which gave rise to our modern conceptions of freedom and democracy, was also the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. America, a nation founded on the principle of liberty, is also a nation built on African slavery, Native American genocide, and systematic racial discrimination. White Freedom traces the complex relationship […]

Tangled Up In Blue: Policing The American City (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

In her forties, with two children, a spouse, a dog, a mortgage, and a full-time job as a tenured law professor at Georgetown University, Rosa Brooks decided to become a sworn, armed reserve police officer with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. A liberal academic and journalist with an enduring interest in law's troubled relationship with […]

Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free: And Other Paradoxes of Our Broken Legal System (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

  A senior federal judge's incisive, unsettling exploration of some of the paradoxes that define the judiciary today, Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free features essays examining why innocent people plead guilty, why high-level executives aren't prosecuted, why you won't get your day in court, and why the judiciary is curtailing its own […]

⭐ Pandemic Perspectives: Essential Workers – Prestige vs. Pay (Smithsonian National Museum of American History) – VIRTUAL

Join curators and historians for an engaging series of panels offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed in the moderated dialogue. The COVID-19 pandemic created ambiguity […]

⭐ ‘Day of Remembrance’ FACEism: A Discussion of History and Accountability (National Museum of American History) – VIRTUAL

Event Information Day of Remembrance - FACEism: A Panel Discussion of History and Accountability About this Event February 19 is the Day of Remembrance, the annual recognition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 and the subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent living mostly in Washington, Oregon, and California. […]

Historically Speaking: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the African American Community (African American History and Culture Museum) – VIRTUAL

The museum will host a stimulating discussion about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the economy and the African American community. Panelists Algernon Austin and Jevay Grooms will discuss this economic issue and how the community may prevail with critical interventions. Michael Fletcher of ESPN’s Undefeated will moderate the discussion. REGISTER Image: A black-and-white photograph taken at a Black Lives Matter […]

⭐ Freedom Summer Inspiring Young Voters Today (National Archives) – VIRTUAL

Join National Archives Foundation Executive Director Patrick Madden in a conversation with Maxim Thorne, Managing Director of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, on how a civil rights murder in 1964 has inspired a national movement of young people to vote and engage in civic life today. Nancy Thomas, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts […]

⭐ YA Authors: Ta-Nehisi Coates ‘The Beautiful Struggle’ With Nic Stone ‘Dear Justyce’ (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

Join Ta-Nehisi Coates and Nic Stone as they discuss the powerful young adult edition of Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle. A candid coming-of-age memoir, this adaptation explores one boy’s journey to manhood and his relationship with his larger-than-life father. Coates grew up in the tumultuous 1980s in Baltimore, known then as the murder capital of the United States, with seven siblings, […]


The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity (National Archives) – VIRTUAL

The Black family has been a topic of study across disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts, film, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. It has been described as a rich tapestry for exploring African Americans past and present and its complexity as the foundation of African American life and history. A panel will discuss these ideas and perspectives including […]

Through The Window and Into The Mirror: Narratives of African American STEM Professionals (African American History and Culture Museum) – VIRTUAL

The National Museum of African American History and Culture invites middle and high school students to join us as we explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through the Window and into the Mirror is a video conversation series about the experiences of African American STEM professionals today. Students will peer into the ‘windows’ […]

Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

  This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. From The Guardian’s Georgina Lawton, a moving examination of how racial identity is constructed—through the author’s own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes, having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why she looked black. Raceless is an exploration […]

Indies UNITE! Panel—Resilient Kids, Supportive Adults (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

  What’s harder than parenting? Parenting during a pandemic! Indies UNITE! proudly presents Resilient Kids, Supportive Adults: Giving Kids the Tools to Thrive, the second in a series of virtual panels designed to tackle tough topics being faced in real time. Join us on Saturday, February 27th at 4 as we welcome panelists: Janice Johnson Dias, Jessica […]

⭐ The Art of Sampling: Sylvia Robinson Produced a New Wave (Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum) – VIRTUAL

From WondaGurl to Ebonie Smith, Black women have produced award-winning pop hits. Yet they are not always household names like some of their counterparts. In Respect Her Crank!: Producing Sounds of Blackness, this changes. Award-winning producer J’Nae White facilitates multiple workshops designed to teach the art of music production, as inspired by Black women producers. This workshop is all […]

⭐ Webinar Series: The Wild Side of STEAM (Smithsonian National Zoo) – VIRTUAL

What's under her microscope? This month we'll meet Dr. Kali Holder, veterinary pathologist at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Find out how Kali's job is like that of a detective, searching for the clues of diseases and cause of death in animals at the Zoo and in the wild. Get a glimpse of some un-ZOO-sual careers at […]

Music City, DC (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

Left to right: The Ellington Apartments on U Street, NW; Howard Theater (Photo: Kevin Rutherford); "The Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown, 2011 (Photo: Mark Taylor); The Stoneman Family band, courtesy of Roni Rocking the Capital After WWII, music, society, mass media, and technology heralded the emergence of teen power. Once again, Washington reflected and created […]


Forgotten No More: Rediscovering Remarkable Women (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

Mary Lou Williams, ca. 1946, by William P. Gottlieb Forgotten No More: Rediscovering Remarkable Women Part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story PROGRAM DESCRIPTION From a 17th-century workshop in the Netherlands to a classroom in 1660 in Frankfurt, to the streets of Washington in the early 1900s to musical stages […]


First Ladies Who Risked Their Lives for Civil Rights (National Archives Foundation) – VIRTUAL

George Floyd’s tragic death ignited a national discussion on the state of race relations and the barriers that still exist for many in this country. In crisis situations, Americans normally look to political leaders for direction, words of comfort, empathy, and solutions. Often overlooked are the words and deeds of a powerful group of non-elected […]

Marine Science In The Morning: Mangrove Research In Northern Florida (Smithsonian Natural History Museum) – VIRTUAL

Dr. Loraé T. Simpson from the Florida Oceanographic Society will discuss her research into the mangroves of northern Florida. Global climate change is driving the expansion of mangroves into saltmarsh habitat in Florida, which may alter ecosystem processes through changes in ecosystem structure. With their unique structure and migration to higher latitudes caused by climate change, […]

A Geologic Tour of The Pacific Ring of Fire: Costa Rica (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

The vast Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic collisions drive the majority of our planet’s earthquakes and volcanoes, is a hotspot for world travelers. Join volcanologist Kirt Kempter as he leads a journey across seven regions of the Ring of Fire, exploring their distinctive geologic settings, and using maps, dramatic photos, and Google Earth flyovers to bring the […]


⭐ Disability Visibility: Intersectionality In Art, Design, And Museums (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

People living with disabilities are underrepresented in media, popular culture, and art. Alice Wong, a disabled activist, media maker, and research consultant, joins Beth Ziebarth, director of Access Smithsonian, artist Riva Lehrer, and writer s.e. smith, to discuss intersectionality in art, design, and the museum world through inclusive design and representation. REGISTER EVENT/TICKET PRICE: $15/student promotion; $20/member; $25/non-member


The Black Arts Movement (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

Ar PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Galvanized by the post-World War II decolonization of African nations and the civil rights, black power, anti-war, and feminist and womanist movements, African-descendant cultural producers in the United States began overtly repudiating a European aesthetic and claiming a Black aesthetic that emerged from the lived experience of Black people. Unlike the New […]


Respect Her Crank!: Creating Sounds of Blackness (Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum) – VIRTUAL

Black music is always created in community. This month, Girls Rock! DC will be our special guest instructor. Inspired by the long history of Black American music, participants will use Soundtrap to create their very own songs. Register here! No prior experience is needed. ASL translation will be provided for this program. If you have any questions about […]

⭐ Historically Speaking: Buses Are A Comin’: A Conversation With Freedom Rider Charles Person (Smithsonian African American History & Culture Museum) – VIRTUAL

Buses Are a Comin’ provides a front-row view of the struggle to belong in America, as Charles Person, the youngest of the original Freedom Riders, whose social justice colleagues include: Congressman John Lewis, journalist and pacifist James Peck, and CORE field secretary Genevieve Hughes. Charles Person's story provides a roadmap from a teenager of a previous […]

May Day Family Celebration (Smithsonian American Art Museum) – VIRTUAL

Celebrate spring and learn more about art and environmental conservation with our virtual May Day family program. Explore how the Smithsonian's team of art conservators preserve and protect works of art in a sustainable way. Then join the musical group Bash the Trash and get tips on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle and make your own […]

A Geologic Tour of The Pacific Ring of Fire: New Zealand (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

The vast Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic collisions drive the majority of our planet’s earthquakes and volcanoes, is a hotspot for world travelers. Join volcanologist Kirt Kempter as he leads a journey across seven regions of the Ring of Fire, exploring their distinctive geologic settings, and using maps, dramatic photos, and Google Earth flyovers to bring the […]


⭐ Saving Chinatown And Our Legacies: The Future of Asian Food In America (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Since its introduction to the United States more than 150 years ago, Chinese cuisine has become an American staple. Its cooking techniques, from stir frying and smoking to steaming and braising, have grown in popularity over the decades. At the same time, Chinese Americans have been ridiculed, shunned, excluded, and discriminated against. In […]

Behind-The-Scenes at The National Cathedral (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Michelle Kayon, Director of Facilities and Preservation, will discuss ongoing and future architectural projects, maintenance, and renovations at this iconic Washington landmark. Watch the conversation live on YouTube. Michelle Kayon joined the Cathedral in 2020 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Cathedral facilities, as well as major architectural projects, maintenance and renovations […]

⭐ History of Black Power in D.C., 1961-1998 (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Please join George Derek Musgrove, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland (Baltimore County) and co-author of Chocolate City:  A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital for a discussion of his new website Black Power in Washington, D.C. 1961-1998. Based on his research for Chocolate City, Musgrove explores the history of Black Power organizing in the nation's capital […]

Community Resiliency And Health Promotion For Asian American Seniors (MCPL) – VIRTUAL

Chinatown Home: A conversation with Wah Luck House residents about preserving community connections, affordable housing, health and aging, and combating anti-Asian racism during the global pandemic. In the midst of neighborhood gentrification, D.C.’s Wah Luck House has remained an affordable home and community anchor for generations of Chinatown residents, with ties throughout Montgomery County and […]

Conversation With Sheila Alexander-Reid, Dir. of DC Mayor’s Office on LGBTQ Affairs (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

As we kick off Pride season and celebrate Black Pride, join us for a conversation with Sheila Alexander-Reid, Director of the Mayor's Office on LGBTQ Affairs and founder of Women in the Life. The Library's Kerrie Cotten Williams and David Quick will ask Alexander-Reid about the history of Women in the Life, adding it to the People's Archive and DigDC, and thoughts […]

⭐ Conversation With Saeed Jones, Author of ‘How We Fight For Our Lives’ (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

  To celebrate Pride season and kick off Summer Challenge, join us for a discussion with poet and memoirist Saeed Jones. In conversation with the Library's Jordan Johnson, Jones will discuss his memoir How We Fight for Our Lives. We will host the conversation on our Youtube and Facebook pages. Please register here. About the author: Saeed Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew […]

⭐ Shaping the Library Built Environment: A Workshop for Teens (D.C. Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Are you a teen or young adult interested in exploring architecture, design or construction? In celebration of our 125th anniversary of DC Public Library, we are hosting a virtual two hour workshop with Jaspreet Pahwa, Interim Director of Capitol Planning & Construction and Ryan McCoy, Library Design & Appearance Coordinator about everything that goes into […]

Historically Speaking: In Remembrance of Greenwood/Tulsa Race Massacre (Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum) – VIRTUAL

NMAAHC and Smithsonian Magazine convene to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. A panel discussion will explore the development of the city's Greenwood District, the events which led to its Black residents being the target of racially motivated violence, as well as the aftermath that highlights the community's resilience and regrowth. Panelists include Lisa Cook of Michigan State […]

“Fast, Casual, Ethnic”: Asian Food Beyond Misnomers and Myths (Smithsonian Asian Art Museum) – VIRTUAL

Today, critically acclaimed Asian restaurants, food brands, and other food spaces in the United States are carving new paths forward, transforming both fine and casual dining. These cultural destinations receive both accolades and criticism in equal parts, yet their existence was unimaginable even ten years ago. While past Asian American generations may have seen fast […]

⭐ Destroying Segregation: Meet Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray, Personal Attorney to Dr. MLK, Jr. & Rosa Parks (National Archives Foundation) – VIRTUAL

Destroying Segregation: The Personal Mission of Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray Your once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear directly from a Civil Rights icon! This is the final call to register for our program featuring Fred Gray, the personal attorney to both Martin Luther King Junior and Rosa Parks. Do you have questions for Mr. Gray? Attendees will have […]

Teens: Ask A Student Loan Expert (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Every Tuesday, DC Public Library hosts a virtual program for teens. This month, we have author talks, creative writing workshops, advice on taking out student loans and more. June 15, 4 p.m. - Ask a Student Loan Expert (YouTube)  

⭐ Juneteenth Talk with Deesha Philyaw, Author of ‘The Secret Lives of Church Ladies’ (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Celebrate Juneteenth and join us for an author talk with Deesha Philyaw, live on the Library’s Facebook page on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. Philyaw will be joined by local author Tyrese Coleman to discuss Philyaw's book, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Their conversation will focus on the nine stories in Philyaw's collection that feature four generations of […]

Intro to Digital Photo Archiving (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Learn the basics of personal digital photo archiving during this virtual lunch hour presentation. Space is limited, please register at bit.ly/labsclasses to reserve a seat.* This event will be held virtually. You will receive join instructions two (2) hours before the event is scheduled to begin. ASL interpreters and captioning will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation […]

⭐ Teens: Meet Justin A. Reynolds & Pablo Leon, Author & Illustrator of Spider-Man Graphic Novel ‘Miles Morales: Shock Waves’ (DC Public Library)

DC Public Library is delighted to partner with Politics and Prose, the DC Public Library Foundation, and Pepco for an inspirational program for teens with author Justin A. Reynolds and illustrator Pablo Leon. The artists will talk about their creative process and collaboration on their new Spider-Man graphic, Miles Morales: Shock Waves. Please see details below to receive a free copy of Miles Morales: Shock […]

⭐ Demystifying Disability with Emily Ladau (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Join the Center for Accessibility in conversation with writer and activist Emily Ladau, author of the new book Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally. Register on Zoom to attend: https://dc-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tqsSjeiKT8iRSdwpGbM5dg This program is a part of our month-long celebration of ADA Month, honoring the 31st anniversary of the passing of […]

Board Games at Bellevue (DC Public Library): IN-PERSON

DC Public Library (Bellevue Brach) 115 Atlantic St. SW, Washington, DC

Come to Bellevue Neighborhood Library for fun and games, right outside the library! We will have chess boards set up, as well as various other games for all ages. You'll also be able to sign up for and participate in our Summer Challenge program, which allows you to qualify for prizes through August. This event […]

DC Queer Flix: An Online Film Discussion Series (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Join us for a monthly online discussion of LGBTQ cinema with the Mayor's Office on LGBTQ Affairs. Each month, we will watch a film from the Library's Kanopy collection and discuss it together on Twitter using the tag #DCQueerFlix. Past films have included Moonlight, Strike a Pose, and Defiance - watch past films here, and join us! Note: For these events, we will each watch […]

A Change Is Gonna Come: How Black Music Powered the Civil Rights Movement (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

From 1940 to 1970, gospel, jazz, blues, and soul music underscored the Civil Rights Movement. Artists, activists, and radio DJs came together to write, perform, and promote music that reflected—and shaped—the events of the time and the ongoing fight for freedom. Music became a political weapon and unifying force, delivering powerful messages of hope to […]


Dinosaur-Roaring Contest (DC Public Library): IN-PERSON

DC Library (Southeast Branch) 403 7th St SE, Washington, DC

Join us in honoring the many exceptional dinothusiasts who contributed their time, effort, talent and vocal energy to our first annual Dinosaur-Roaring Contest at Southeast Library.  After the awards ceremony, stick around to watch our winning entrants battle it out in a face-to-face roar-off, followed by an open-call roaring competition. All ages are welcome to […]

Art AfterWords – The Autobiography of Malcolm X (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

The National Portrait Gallery and the Library would like to invite you to a virtual conversation about public remembrance and the history of Washington, D.C. Join us as we analyze a portrait of Malcolm X, and discuss the related book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley. We will be joined by the Portrait Gallery’s Curator of […]

Historically Speaking: The Launch of The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip Hop and Rap (Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum) – VIRTUAL

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and Smithsonian Folkways are pleased to launch The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. The first-of-its-kind multimedia collection chronicles the growth of the music and culture from the parks of the Bronx to solidifying a reach that spans the globe. On August 17, the anthology’s […]

Civic Engagement 101: Media Literacy (DC Library) – VIRTUAL

What is media literacy? Why is it important? Who is it important for? What’s the difference between media literacy and digital literacy? Get the answers to these questions and more when you join us on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. on the WebEx platform for the fourth session of Civic Engagement 101: Media Literacy. […]

Hidden Stories, Hidden Voices: Art in the Aftermath of September 11th (Smithsonian American History Museum) – VIRTUAL

Whether through documentary photographs or fine art, artists have been telling the story of how September 11 affected their communities. Through their practice, they were able to capture not only a historical recording of the immediate aftermath of the attacks, but the intense spectrum of emotions and incredible community resiliency in the face of immense adversity. Come […]

Hidden Stories, Hidden Voices: Latinx Empowerment after the September 11th Attacks (Smithsonian American History Museum) – VIRTUAL

Join us as members of the New York City Latinx community share their experiences navigating complex immigration policy, worsening health effects, and socioeconomic challenges while serving the city as first responders, volunteers, organizers, and caregivers. This panel will build on the museum’s New York City 9-11 Collecting Initiative to highlight the stories of the Latina/o/x experience in the […]

John H. Glenn Lecture in Space History featuring NASA Associate Administrator Kathryn Lueders (Smithsonian Air and Space Museum) – VIRTUAL

Motivated by a belief that solving big problems leads to innovations that make life better for humanity, Kathryn Lueders has spent over the last decade of her career revolutionizing NASA’s approach to human space exploration. Tune in as Lueders, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, discusses what is next for humans […]

⭐ National Youth Summit on Gender Equity (Smithsonian American History Museum) – VIRTUAL

The National Youth Summit brings middle and high school students together with scholars, teachers, policy experts, and activists in a national conversation about important events in America’s past that have relevance to the nation’s present and future. Guided by history, the 2021 National Youth Summit will provide a platform for learners nationwide to grapple with the enduring […]