You may have caught him in an Affiliate neighborhood in the past yearâ€”heâ€™s been to more than 8 Affiliatesâ€”or read his new book The Smithsonianâ€™s History of America in 101 Objects. But did you know you can now learn from Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture anywhere you can download him?!
Based on Richard Kurinâ€™s popular book, the Experiencing America courseâ€”the first in aÂ new partnership between the Smithsonian andÂ The Great Coursesâ€”reveals the stories behind iconic American artifacts, including President Abraham Lincolnâ€™s hat, Dorothyâ€™s ruby slippers, George Washingtonâ€™s sword, Harriet Tubmanâ€™s hymnal and even the Space Shuttle Discovery. Eye-opening and thought-provoking lectures share surprising takes on both familiar objects and little-known artifacts of profound importance to American history.
“When you’re in intimate proximity to one of these objectsâ€¦you have a link to that sweeping history. History is not distant. It’s not a stranger.” â€“Richard Kurin
We are always on the lookout for ways to bring engaging, educational content from the Smithsonian to Affiliate neighborhoods and are delighted that Dr. Kurin has visited so many Affiliate communities. This new collaboration with The Great Courses offers yet another way to experience the Smithsonian.
“Itâ€™s been a real treat visiting Smithsonian Affiliates and giving public talks about The Smithsonianâ€™s History of America in 101 Objects as well as having quality time to visit with staff . The hospitality of our colleagues and the welcoming audiences have been uplifting. And everywhere Iâ€™ve been, from the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, from the Polk Museum of Art in Florida to the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre, among others, Iâ€™ve connected Affiliate collections to Smithsonian icons, regional stories to national ones, generating a wonderful response.”
Affiliates interested in bringing Dr. Kurin to their communities should contact their Affiliations National Outreach Manager for more information.
- Smithsonian Affiliations Collaboration Spotlight about the 101 Objects book tour.
- Purchase The Smithsonianâ€™s History of America in 101 Objects
- Smithsonian press release about The Great Courses.
- Business Wire press release on Smithsonian and The Great Courses.
- Purchase the 24-lecture course and guidebook here.