Virtual Programs

Smithsonian Affiliations develops special online events offered exclusively to Smithsonian Affiliates and their communities. Virtual Scholar talks bring Smithsonian experts directly to Affiliates when people may not be able to physically visit their local organization. Office Hours provide a virtual environment for Affiliate and Smithsonian staff to network and share ideas on a range of timely topics. Below are examples of recent online events.

Save the date! The Smithsonian Affiliations Digital Conference Series begins September 23, 2020.  Learn more here.

Affiliate Partner Collaboration

Smithsonian Affiliations is looking for Affiliate partners to collaborate with us on the upcoming Virtual Scholar Talks. Affiliations will produce and host the program, oversee registration, manage all technical aspects, and provide a promotional toolkit. We also will provide a captioned recording of the program, along with a full registration list to each Affiliate collaborator after the program.

Affiliate partners agree to:

  • promote the program to their audiences, including posting event information and registration link on social media.
  • use the Smithsonian Affiliate logo and/or any other Smithsonian collaborator’s logo on any promotional material.
  • use any social media hashtag and/or social media toolkit in conjunction with program promotion.
  • attend the program.
  • participate in the chat discussion during the program.

If you are a Smithsonian Affiliate interested in collaborating on an online event or have a topic to suggest for Office Hours, please email or contact your National Outreach Manager.

Affiliate Office Hours*

September 10: The Future of Traveling Exhibitions
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*All office hours begin at 3 pm Eastern Time. Office hours are for current Smithsonian Affiliate and Smithsonian colleagues. If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate, please contact us. Make sure you are signed up for The Affiliate eNews to receive updates and invitations for future online programs. Sign up here

Upcoming Programs

Smithsonian Fellow crouches next to a young cheetah.

We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics, September 18, 2020

Virtual Scholar Talks

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We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics

We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics
September 18, 2020 (1:00 pm Eastern Time)
Our current global health crisis has highlighted the ways in which the health of humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked—a concept central to the work of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program. Dr. Maureen Kamau is a Smithsonian veterinary research fellow with the Global Health Program, and is based at the Mpala Research Center in Laikipia, Kenya. Through her fellowship, she participates in clinical care of Kenya’s native wildlife and conducts various research projects in wildlife population health and conservation. Maureen will share her experiences following this unique career path, how her research in Kenya relates to current concerns around infectious disease and pandemics, and how her careful study of poop has been instrumental in working to save the Eastern Black Rhino.

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Legacy of The Green Book

Legacy of The Green Book
October 15, 2020 (7:00 pm Eastern Time)
In 1936, Victor Hugo Green, a Harlem postman, began publishing a guide for African American travelers modeled after a similar publication for Jewish travelers. The Green Book, as it was known, was an instant success providing black travelers of the era with information on hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other facilities where they would be welcomed. In this program, we’ll explore the legacy of the Green Book, its impact on communities, businesses, and families, and its relevance today.

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Recent Programs

Smithsonian Affiliations, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and ten Smithsonian Affiliate organizations, presented a special online lecture- “Michael Jordan: A Re-evaluation.”

The Senator John Heinz History Center, in collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliations and the Smithsonian’s National Museum American History presented a special online lecture- “Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture early childhood education team presented an online discussion about their web portal, “Let’s Talk! Talking About Race.”