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Smithsonian Education News - November l 2017
Certificate Program in World Art History MA in Decorative Arts and Design History
Continuing Education
Certificate Program in World Art History

Become the art expert you've always wanted to be through Smithsonian Associates’ Certificate Program in World Art History.

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Professional Development
MA in Decorative Arts and Design History

Offered jointly by Smithsonian Associates and George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, this program provides academic training in European and American “object and material culture, design, and craft..

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American Art Global Look: Animal Perceptions Across Cultures Americans

Free Videoconference Lessons
American Art

Bring American art in your classroom with a series of ten interactive (and free) videoconference lessons from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The sessions are enjoyable for everyone from third grade to adulthood.

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Educator Workshop
Global Look: Animal Perceptions Across Cultures

What can we learn about social, political, and religious structures of ancient cultures by studying ancient artworks? On Saturday, November 18, explore animal symbolism in tours of Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt and Freer|Sackler permanent collections.

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School Program

Students can take part in conversations about the new exhibition Americans, opening January 18, 2018, at the National Museum of the American Indian. American Indians make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, yet names and images of Indians are everywhere. Why? Americans examines this phenomenon through three enduring national stories..

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Provoking Curiosity, Building Understanding Across Your Curriculum Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century The Dark Side of Monk
Evening and Weekend Workshops
Provoking Curiosity, Building Understanding Across Your Curriculum

Do you want your students to dig deeper, engage with complex issues, and transfer your content to novel situations? The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery offer workshops for teachers of all grades and content areas.

Curious? Click here!
Author Talk
Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century

On Saturday, November 4, at the Anacostia Community Museum, authors John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins discuss a new book that looks at an impending “climate refugee crisis.”

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Jazz Performance:
The Dark Side of Monk

On Saturday, November 11, the Alon Neuchushtan Band, a New York quintet, performs the music of Thelonious Monk at the Anacostia Community Museum.

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I Am Not Your Negro Urban Gardening Project The Guestworker
Film and Discussion
I Am Not Your Negro

This critically acclaimed documentary examines writer James Baldwin’s perspectives on racism in America. It will be screened at the Anacostia Community Museum on Thursday, November 16.

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Family Program
Urban Gardening Project

On Wednesday, October 18, at the Anacostia Community Museum, families can learn the historical importance of harvest and crop growing in Washington’s African American and Native American communities after the Civil War. The workshop is led by gardening expert and landscape designer Derek Thomas.

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Film and Discussion
The Guestworker

On Friday, December 15, the Anacostia Community screens a documentary on the lives of the immigrant, seasonal worker population and the federal government’s H2-A Visa program. A post-film discussion is hosted by Ciro Parascandola and Lauren Berstein from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

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Celebrate Kwanzaa at ACM!    
Family Program
Celebrate Kwanzaa at ACM!

Join the Anacostia Community Museum’s annual three-day recognition of this African American holiday tradition on December 26, 27, and 28. Includes performances by Nana Malaya Rucker, and the Melvin Deal African American Drummers and Dancers.

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Anywhere Resources and Events
Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game Grown from the Past: A Short History of Community Gardening in the United States STEM in 30
Free Game
Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game

Aquation is a new single-player digital strategy game from the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The game introduces students to the issue of the declining availability of fresh water around the globe. It is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 3-5.

Take a look.
Online Exhibit
Grown from the Past: A Short History of Community Gardening in the United States

As the school garden-growing season comes to a close, bring gardens and American history into the classroom with this online exhibit from Smithsonian Gardens' Community of Gardens digital archive. Includes teacher materials.

Dig in!
From Air and Space
“STEM in 30”

The National Air and Space Museum’s “STEM in 30” is a fast-paced, interactive webcast that engages middle school students in STEM topics, from the Wright brothers to the International Space Station. Curators, astronauts, and other experts connect classrooms with relevant, real-world subjects.

See the site.

America’s Presidents A Facilitated Dialogue Toolkit Learning Lab Collections
Online Exhibition
America’s Presidents

A new virtual exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, America’s Presidents, includes related classroom resources.

Check it out.
For Teachers and Students
A Facilitated Dialogue Toolkit

Developed for the exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, the toolkit can help to guide conversations about immigration, race, and social justice.

More information here.
National History Day
Learning Lab Collections

Inspire your students’ next National History Day projects with fifteen new collections of primary and secondary resources, all designed to support student research. Educators from the Smithsonian and other cultural institutions collaborated to cover a breadth of topic areas and perspectives.

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Culture Lab Manifesto    
Asian Pacific American Center
“Culture Lab Manifesto”

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center published its Culture Lab Manifesto in Poetry Magazine’s July 2017 issue of Asian American poets. The manifesto is the Center’s set of tenets in collaborative, participatory and socially responsible museum practice.

Read it here.
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