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Great minds think alike, but great minds probably weren’t required for civilizations all over this muddy world to develop adobe architecture. Mud and clay, after all, were among the first substances to prove usefully malleable to our ancient ancestors. In his lecture, “Houses and Environment: Vernacular Architecture in Mud,” Smithsonian archaeology curator Dr. Gus Van Beek discusses the variety of forms that adobe structures took in such congenial climes as the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Northern Africa, and the American Southwest. In conjunction with the Smithsonian’s “Black History Month” series. At noon at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (MJ)