Smithsonian Journeys Expert Lecture Series

Our Smithsonian Journeys Experts, chosen for their charisma, expertise, and affability, are the secret ingredient that turn 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

Of Monastery and Pilgrimage: The Rise of Romanesque in France featuring Stephen Clancy
<p>February 9, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST</p>
<br/> Of Monastery and Pilgrimage: The Rise of Romanesque in France featuring Stephen Clancy

February 9, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST


Stephen is an art historian with special expertise in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture. A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, he has led more than 15 tours and cruises through the Mediterranean region and northern Europe.

Stay tuned for more information on how to attend his lecture at 2:00pm EST on Tuesday, February 9. Learn more about Stephen's upcoming tours below.

Stephen's 2021 Departures

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A Seine River Cruise

9 days | Starting at: $4,640
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

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A River Cruise of Provence

9 days | Starting at: $4,490
Multiple departures between 2021 & 2022

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!

Understanding New Zealand’s Dynamic Landscape


Understanding New Zealand’s Dynamic Landscape

Archaeologist and geologist Peter Bobrowsky discussed the diverse landscapes of the world's most natural laboratory, New Zealand.

Read Peter's bio and see his upcoming tours

The Throne of Heaven: The Taj Mahal, Agra

The Throne of Heaven: The Taj Mahal, Agra

Art and architectural historian Allan Langdale explored one of the world's wonders of architecture, the Taj Mahal.

Read Allan's bio and see his upcoming tours

Norwegian Explorers and the Drive for Independence
Norwegian Explorers and the Drive for Independence

Professor of History and Scandinavian Studies Glenn Kranking traveled back to the era of exploration and Norway's nationalist movement to learn about their journey towards independence.

Read Glenn's bio and see his upcoming tours

Women’s Work: The Art and Craft of Weaving in Rural Morocco Women’s Work: The Art and Craft of Weaving in Rural Morocco

Designer, artist, and entrepreneur Alia Kate will explored the intricacy and breadth of craftsmanship in Morocco.

Read Alia's bio and see her upcoming tours

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 upcoming 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 upcoming 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.