Events: An Evening of Classical Music, A Discussion on Slavery and More

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Tuesday, February 22: Sketching: Draw and Discover: Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Come be inspired by the works on display at the American Art Museum and then spend some time sketching at the Luce Foundation Center’s workshop. Free, but bring sketchbooks and pencils. American Art Museum, 3:00-4:30PM. This event repeats every Tuesday at the same time and location.

Wednesday, February 23: Art and Science Lecture Series: Tom Lovejoy

In conjunction with the exhibition Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow, the American Art Museum presents a lecture series that places the science of climate change within a cultural context. The series invites leading environmental scientists to discuss the problems our planet faces, while experts in cultural fields consider how art can heighten awareness of these issues. Tonight's guest speaker is Tom Lovejoy, the biodiversity chair at The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. Free. American Art Museum, 7:00 PM.

Thursday, February 24: Slavery by Another Name with Author Douglas A. Blackmon

Wall Street Journal writer Douglas A. Blackmon discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning historical study Slavery by Another Name: The Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. This book brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history when a new form of slavery came into being following the Civil War. Government officials leased falsely imprisoned blacks to entrepreneurs, farmers and corporations looking for cheap and abundant labor. And in the process disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of African Americans until the dawn of World War II. Book signing follows. Free. American Art Museum, 7:00-9:00 PM.

Friday, February 26: Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man on pipa

The critically acclaimed ensemble performs Lei Liang’s Five Seasons for string quartet with Grammy Award nominee Wu Man on Chinese lute (pipa), as well as Beethoven’s Quartet in D, op. 18, no. 3, and Schumann’s Quartet No. 1, op. 41, no. 1. Free. Freer, 7:30 PM.

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About Jesse Rhodes

Jesse Rhodes is an editorial assistant for Smithsonian magazine. Before he became an editorial assistant, Jesse worked at the Library of Congress Publishing Office, where he was a contributor to the Library of Congress World War II Companion.

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