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Smithsonian Associates Streaming Launches With 11 Free Programs

Free Smithsonian Associates Streaming Programs run from May 14 to June 11 (Smithsonian Associates).
Free Smithsonian Associates Streaming Programs run from May 14 to June 11 (Smithsonian Associates).

Smithsonian Associates Streaming launches on Thursday, May 14 with expert-led lectures, virtual tours and studio arts classes produced by the world’s largest museum-based educational program.

The first series of free streaming programs runs from May 14 to June 11. After these limited-time free programs have concluded, participants will be invited to experience an expanded slate of future online programming inspired by the full range of topics Smithsonian Associates offers year round.

Smithsonian Associates Streaming launches with a physician’s look at timely subject. John Whyte, WebMD’s chief medical officer, discusses the evolution of telemedicine on May 14.

Thursday, May 14

The Changing Role of Telehealth: Is Virtual Care the New Paradigm?: John Whyte, WebMD’s chief medical officer, discusses the evolution of telemedicine, its changing role in the healthcare system and the challenges and opportunities it offers for providers and patients now and in the extended future. 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, May 18

Upcycled Aluminum Jewelry: Create a pair of trendy earrings from materials and tools you already have at home in a workshop that’s perfect for fashionable jewelry crafters of all levels of experience. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Liana Vitali, citizen science and stewardship coordinator at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, shares tips for birding without leaving your window on May 22. (Drew Pizzala)

Friday, May 22

Nature in Place: Birdwatching and Gardening Indoors: Make the most of your spring as Liana Vitali of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary shares tips for birding without leaving your window and Niraj Ray, founder of Cultivate the City, demonstrates how to use produce scraps and other tips to have a successful container, patio, or backyard garden. 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26

A World Tour of Mesmerizing Mosaics: Escape into the unique world of mosaics in a lively pictorial lecture that travels to Ravenna, Barcelona, Chartres, and other locations to celebrate the beauty and expressive variety of the art form. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27

Architecture on the National Mall: South Mall: View a familiar urban landscape with new eyes as you join Bill Keene on an illustrated virtual tour of the National Mall that covers its history, design and architecture from the earliest vision to the latest developments. This session focuses on South Mall sites. 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 28

Pantry-Friendly Cooking: Learn to optimize your pantry from food writers Charlotte Druckman and Joe Yonan, whose newly released cookbooks are perfect guides to quarantine cooking. 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts Instructor Lauren Kingsland leads "Hand Sewing for Mindful Reflection" on June 1. (Lauren Kingsland)

Monday, June 1

Hand Sewing for Mindful Reflection: There’s something centering and calming in immersing yourself in a hand-sewing project. Create a textile panel featuring a spiral design that inspires reflection. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3

Architecture on the National Mall: North Mall and Capitol: View a familiar urban landscape with new eyes as you join Bill Keene on an illustrated virtual tour of the National Mall that covers its history, design, and architecture from the earliest vision to the latest developments. This session focuses on North Mall sites and Capitol. 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, June 4

The Disasters of Ancient Thebes: In Greek mythology, a plague, a bloodthirsty monster and inept rulers all tested the fortitude of the citizens of Thebes. Art historian Renee Gondek explores this convergence of calamities though the focus of Oedipus the King. 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 8

Thinking of You: Creating a Spotlight with Stamps: Bridge the social distance by using stamps, ink and paper to create two simple yet sophisticated cards that any friend would love to receive. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 11

Stream, Watch, Repeat: Modern Classics and the Films That Inspired Them: Every great film on your watch list owes its success to an older one. Washington City Paper film critic Noah Gittell traces that lineage by comparing and contrasting modern classics with their cinematic antecedents. 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Lauren Lyons is a public affairs specialist at Smithsonian Associates.

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