Programs & Events

Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?

Rick Anderson

We are pleased to welcome Rick Anderson for a talk on Open Access on Monday, March 10, in the Ripley Center, Quad, Lecture Hall (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.). Please join us for this exciting discussion! This is the second lecture in The Open Access Future series sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the Smithsonian's Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Adopt-a-Book Evening

Guests peruse a selection of adoptable books

Enjoy a unique and lively evening to benefit the Smithsonian Libraries' rare book and preservation programs. The event will feature German food, wine and beer, and entertainment. Guests will have the opportunity to browse a trove of remarkable and historic volumes and are invited to learn more about the Libraries' special collections and why they must be preserved.

Whale Research at the Smithsonian Past, Present and Future

The Smithsonian has studied whales since the 1850s, building collections that are unmatched in the world and yielding insights into these enigmatic species. Listen to four distinguished speakers: Prof. R. Ewan Fordyce, Prof. D. Graham Burnett, Dr. Stephen Godfrey, and Dr. Nicholas D. Pyenson discuss the origins of this legacy, its scientific value, and its future.

Preservation Matters! with Steve Berry

Author Steve Berry

From superstorms to blizzards to tornados to wildfires, America has frequently shuddered under the onslaught of natural disasters. “Why Preserving History Matters” against the threat of catastrophe will be the focus of the keynote lecture by New York Times and internationally bestselling author Steve Berry, who returns April 24, 2013 as national spokesperson for the American Library Association’s Second Annual National Preservation Week.

Salon Scientifique!

Salon Scientifique Invitation

Guests will have the chance to visit exhibits throughout the Corcoran’s Atrium that will showcase collections and demonstrations from Franklin’s inventions to ballooning. Hostesses will be on hand to discuss the history of salons and proper etiquette as guests experience a recreated French salon first-hand.

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