Flying into a War Zone: Pan Am Stewardesses in Vietnam

Julia Cooke, author of Come Fly the World, will discuss the roles Pan Am's women flight attendants played during 1966 and 1975, including their integral assistance in to soldiers during in the Vietnam.  

$20 – $25

Kal Penn: You Can’t Be Serious

Smithsonian Associates hosts actor and writer Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar, House), who served, under Obama, as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement as a liaison to young Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the arts community. Here Penn will share from his memoir You Can’t Be Serious, which […]

$20 – $25

Recipes from the President’s Ranch: Home Cooking as Diplomacy

Chef Matthew Wendel discusses his years working for former President George W. Bush. He'll share the family's favorite recipes, including hot cinnamon rolls, fried chicken, and stacked enchiladas, as well as insights from his book, Recipes from the President's Ranch: Food People Like to Eat.

$20 – $25

An Evening with Senator Elizabeth Warren

The Senator will discuss her latest book, Pinkie Promises, which encourages young girls to fight for what they want.

$20 – $25

Truffle Hound: Following the World’s Most Seductive Scent

James Beard-award-winning author Rowan Jacobsen will talk about truffle hunting, black market deals, and more as he draws from his new book, Truffle Hound: On the Trail of the World’s Most Seductive Scent, with Dreamers, Schemers, and Some Extraordinary Dogs.

$20 – $25

Pati Jinich: Treasures of the Mexican Table

Pati Jinich, author of Treasures of the Mexican Table, discusses Mexico's rich culinary history and her native country's 32 different cuisines. Her book features Mexico's signature recipes and she'll even share cooking tips and insight into iconic dishes.

$20 – $25

Christmas with the First Ladies: Holiday Celebrations at the White House

Historian Coleen Christian Burke is talking White House holiday decorating (which is always the first lady's job...) from Jackie Kennedy to Jill Biden. In 2014, Burke was a White House holiday design partner, her talk will draw from her experience as well as her book Christmas with the First Ladies.  

$30 – $35

The Jazz Age and the Black and Tans

A conversation on the “black-and-tan clubs" of the 1920s to the early 1960s, which put Black musicians and people of color on stage and brought in Black and Brown audiences. As these spots grew, White visitors started to listen, making "a uniquely integrated musical phenomenon" where the likes of Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, […]

$20 – $25

New Thoughts on the American Revolution

Joseph Ellis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, will discuss the American Revolution, how "the Founders" formed a new nation, and the cost of winning independence.

$20 – $25

A Whole Lotta (Crazy) Love: The Led Zeppelin Story

New York Times bestselling biographer Bob Spitz, author of Led Zeppelin: The Biography, sits down with the Smithsonian to discuss the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin—50 years since “Stairway to Heaven” was released. Spitz will detail how London boys Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones united with Robert Plant and John Bonham to become the […]

$20 – $25