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Upcoming Events

Food for Thought Lecture Series

Food for Thought Lecture Series 2023

June 27, July 19, and September 7, 2023

This annual lecture series features three programs highlighting the Smithsonian’s dynamic leaders, their diverse areas of expertise, comprehensive planning for their museums and research centers, and mission-driven initiatives.

For more information about this event, please email

Recent Virtual Events

A selection of recordings from recent events for you to enjoy.

Hidden Figures No More: Women in Aviation and Space History

Since the advent of aviation and space flight, women have been a part of every major milestone and every mundane task. Yet women’s stories are undertold and underimagined, leading to an erasure from the historical record that contributes to the continued underrepresentation of women in these fields today. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is committed to disrupting this pattern by researching and amplifying women’s stories in exhibitions, public programs and digital resources. Learn more about this important work and some of the histories being amplified today. View recording »

Behind-the-Scenes Look at Bird House

Millions of beating wings, thousands of miles, extraordinary colors. Bird migration is one of the most spectacular events in the natural world, and in 2023, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House will transform into a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds. We discussed the project with three members of the team helping to make it all a reality. View recording »