For one week each spring, three eminent scholars from the Smithsonian Institution become members of the Long Beach community. Kids' anticipation of these scholar visits runs high; one seven-year-old told a scholar this year, "I've been waiting to meet you my whole life!" The best thing about Smithsonian Week is the connection made between these talented and accessible scholars and their audiences.
Joan Van Hooten, Executive Director, Public Corporation for the Arts, Long Beach, CA
My class loved the presentation. To have such an accomplished man in their auditorium was thrilling for the attending students and parents. The students were enthusiastic in their reviews.
Sharon Lahr, fifth grade teacher, Buffum Elementary School, Long Beach, CA
The seminar on Mars was very interesting...Probably the best part about the lecture...was [the speaker's] passion when talking about not only recent advancements in technology and planetary study, but also...the future...and our far reaching goals as scientific explorers.
Bradley University student, Peoria, IL
I didn't go to college, but if there had been a professor like Dr. Robinson there, I would have snuck on campus to hear him!
Audience member, Smithsonian community presentation, Houston, TX
What a treasure trove of stories [about African American quilts] you brought to share with us---definitely 'something to keep us warm' on a very cold evening. I especially enjoyed the stories that placed the quilters in context of community and your experience of them.
Ms. Ann Fortescue, Director of Education, Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA in a letter to the presentor