Smithsonian Journeys Expert Lecture Series

Our Smithsonian Journeys Experts, chosen for their charisma, expertise, and affability, are the secret ingredient that turns a fine tour into an unforgettable experience. Now during this time while travel is on hold, our experts are excited to bring the world to you with our Expert Lecture Series. Go ‘on tour’ with some of our most popular Smithsonian Journeys Experts without leaving the comfort of your home! Gain a deeper understanding of some of our most enticing destinations, learn more about their areas of expertise, and get to know our experts before joining them on tour!

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Upcoming Lectures

Women’s Work: The Art and Craft of Weaving in Rural Morocco featuring Alia Kate  
<p>October 20, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT</p>
<br/> Women’s Work: The Art and Craft of Weaving in Rural Morocco featuring Alia Kate

October 20, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT


Alia founded Kantara in 2008, a fair-trade design business that specializes in Moroccan rugs. Over the years, she has worked directly with the same weaving cooperatives in rural Morocco and is committed to fostering economic development of the women artisans through ethical trade.

Tune in for her lecture at 2:00pm EDT on Tuesday, October 20 on Facebook Live and learn more about Alia's upcoming tours below.

Alia's 2021 Departures

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Splendors of Morocco

14 days | Starting at: $6,079
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures in 2021

Past Lectures

Enjoyed one of our past lectures? Learn more about the expert and see what upcoming tours the expert will be leading so you can discover the world with their special insights!

Agatha Christie: An Introduction to Her Life and Writing Agatha Christie: An Introduction to Her Life and Writing

Mystery author Michael Jecks shed light on Agatha Christie's wonderful creations from the perspective of a crime and mystery writer in his recent lecture.

Read Michael's bio and see his 2021 tours

A Tale of Three Objects: The Things You’ll See in Krakow and the Stories They Have to Tell A Tale of Three Objects: The Things You’ll See in Krakow and the Stories They Have to Tell

Associate Professor of History, Laurie Koloski, showed us the connection between an old tower, a piece of folk art, and a plate of pierogies and what they tell us about Krakow's history.

Read Laurie's bio and see her 2021 tours

Smitten By Stone: How We Came To Love the Grand Canyon


Smitten By Stone: How We Came To Love the Grand Canyon

Geologist, writer, and educator Wayne Ranney discussed the phenomenal geologic history of the Grand Canyon.

Read Wayne's bio and see his 2021 tours

Renaissance Rivals

Renaissance Rivals

Art historian Valerie Hedquist discussed competition among the leading figures of the High Renaissance including Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo.

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Inca: Empire of the Andes 
Inca: Empire of the Andes

Anthropologist Paul Goldstein discussed the spectacular sites and artifacts that bear silent testimony to the highly developed Inca civilization.

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Beyond Babel: Nature, Words, and Beauty in Japan's Ancient Worlds Beyond Babel: Nature, Words, and Beauty in Japan's Ancient Worlds

Professor of Japanese literature, history, and film, Jonathan M. Hall discussed the significance of the seasons and nature on Japanese culture.

Read Jonathan's bio and see his 2021 tours

Meet All of Our Experts

One feature that makes our programs uniquely special is our world-class Smithsonian Journeys Experts. Chosen for their charisma, expertise and affability, these men and women are the secret ingredient that turns a fine tour into an unforgettable experience. Their enthusiasm is contagious; their expert guidance consistently brings depth, excitement and substance to the travelers who join them on our tours — and that is the signature of Smithsonian Journeys. Search all of our experts and the trips they will be leading here.