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

Norwegian Explorers and the Drive for Independence featuring Glenn Kranking  
<p>November 10, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT</p>
<br/> Norwegian Explorers and the Drive for Independence featuring Glenn Kranking

November 10, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT


Glenn is Associate Professor of History and Scandinavian Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. His area of research includes Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries, nationalism, and minorities.

Tune in for his lecture at 2:00pm EDT on Tuesday, November 10 on Facebook Live and learn more about Glenn's upcoming tours below.

Glenn's 2021 Departures

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Journey Through Norway

16 days | Starting at: $7,094
* Price includes airfare
Multiple departures in 2021

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Cruising the Baltic Sea

10 days
Jul 24 - Aug 2, 2021
Aug 1 - 10, 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!

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 2021 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 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.

Read Paul'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.