We attended a lecture by Nigel McGilchrist last evening at the Ripley Center, sponsored by the Smithsonian. The topic was Istanbul, and this was the fourth Turkey related Smithsonian program that we have attended over the past year. We were in Turkey for two weeks in November.
The lecture was quite enjoyable; McGilchrist is a very affable and intelligent speaker. His slides last night were not the best, however, and he was obviously tired and hungry, having flown in just before the lecture from San Diego, without food.
Nevertheless, there was a lot to appreciate. Some of it was pure review, which is always nice (makes you think you are smart), some of it shows how much you miss when you visit a tourist location (he mentioned things, for example, about Topkapi that looked like they should have been obvious, but were news to me), and some of it was brand new, such as the 16th century to build a bridge across the Golden Horn, where one of the entries was by Leonardo da Vinci, and one of the requested entrants was Michelangelo).
An excuse to go back soon would be nice. It probably is not going to happen.