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

Expert Lecture Series featuring Paul Goldstein Expert Lecture Series featuring Paul Goldstein

Paul Goldstein's teaching and research focus on anthropological archaeology, complex societies, Latin America and Andean South America. Watch his latest lecture this upcoming Thursday on Facebook Live and learn more about Paul's upcoming tours below.

Paul's 2021 Departures

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Machu Picchu and the Galápagos

16 days | Starting at: $8,993
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2020 & 2021

peru

Legendary Peru

11 days | Starting at: $4,987
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures between 2020 & 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!

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.

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Ancient Egypt and the Nile Ancient Egypt and the Nile

Acclaimed Egyptologist Emily Teeter discussed the mysteries of Ancient Egypt and the Nile in her recent lecture.

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Bats: Myths and Reality Bats: Myths and Reality

Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Don Wilson, gave us an in-depth look into the amazing diversity of bats.

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The Rhine as a Mirror of European Culture 


The Rhine as a Mirror of European Culture

Musicologist Carol Reynolds provided an overview of the cultural history of the Rhine River and its relationship to Europe.

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An Introduction to Plate Tectonics

An Introduction to Plate Tectonics

Geologist Jim Reynolds provided an overview of the plate tectonic history of Iceland.

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 Theater or Amphitheater: The Architecture of Ancient Entertainment 

Theater or Amphitheater: The Architecture of Ancient Entertainment

Art and architecture historian Allan Langdale discussed the architecture of ancient entertainment in Greece, Italy, Sicily, and Turkey.

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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.