Category: Talk


On Monday, April 1 at 6:45 pm the Smithsonian Associates presents an evening program with a post reception beer tasting centered around the “Game of Thrones.”  Tickets are required.  For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


For devoted followers of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the SA event - April 1 - game of thronesSeven Kingdoms of Westeros is a land they know intimately. Its castle halls, towering battlements, starkly beautiful landscapes, and torch-lit chambers are places that root the epic narrative in a highly detailed world that bridges the real and the imagined.

Production designer Deborah Riley, who joined the series in Season 4, is responsible for creating the visual environment against which the saga of power, family, revenge and romance plays out. Just as the show’s characters and plots reflect a range of world mythologies and legendary archetypes, so too does the look of “Game of Thrones,” for which Riley draws on a mix of historical periods, styles, and cultural traditions. Even the shooting locations—which extend from Northern Ireland to Croatia to Iceland—add to that global mix.

In conversation with Alyssa Rosenberg, opinion writer at the Washington Post, Riley and executive producer Bernadette Caulfield discuss the show’s distinctive visual style and offer behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the series.

At a reception afterward, raise a toast with “Game of Thrones” beers from Ommegang Brewery, including the newest in the line.


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Go behind the scenes as Deborah Riley talks about the process of production design as “visual storytelling.”


  • Date: Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Time: 6:45 pm
  • Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center | 1100 Jefferson Dr SW | WDC
  • Cost: $30 members | $40 non-members

Female rulers are a rare phenomenon—but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra controlled the totalitarian state as power-brokers and rulers. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office? What was it about these women that allowed them to transcend patriarchal obstacles? What did Egypt gain from its liberal reliance on female leadership, and could today’s world learn from its example?

Celebrated Egyptologist Kara Cooney will deliver a fascinating tale of female power through the lives of six remarkable pharaohs—women who ruled with real authority. She’ll shine a piercing light on perceptions of women in power, exploring why it has seldom been allowed through history and why that is relevant today.

Learn more about ancient Egypt’s female rulers, and see over 350 prestigious artifacts from the days of the Egyptian Empire, in our new multisensory exhibition “Queens of Egypt.”

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time:  7:30 p – 9 p
Cost: $ 30 (tickets required)
Location: Gilbert Grosvener Auditorium | National Geographic | 1600 M St., NW | DC

For more information & to purchase tickets. 

For more information, please visit Newseum Series – The President & the Press.
WHEN: June 10, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
WHERE: Knight TV Studio  |  555 Pennsylvania Ave NW  |  Washington, DC 20001
COST: Free with Newseum admission.

april eventThe Newseum continues its new series “The President and Press” with April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and CNN political analyst.

Ryan will talk about her coverage of the Trump administration and will also discuss her new book, “At Mama’s Knees: Mothers and Race in Black and White.”The Newseum continues its new series “The President and Press” with April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and CNN political analyst.

The book interweaves a series of stories from iconic figures including former President Barack Obama, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, about what their mothers told them about race.

The book also includes Ryan’s personal stories, including the way her mother talked to her about race and Ryan’s perspective as a White House correspondent.

 A book signing will follow the program.

“The President and the Press” explores the Trump administration’s relationship with the press, pertinent challenges to the First Amendment, and protecting the free flow of information in a divided nation.