If you've never attended an archaeology lecture, the AIA series is the most newby-friendly I can think of.
There's a clickable map here: https://www.archaeological.org/events
The Washington DC chapter has a wonderful schedule, I am so jealous:
The next one is on Greek/Etruscan culture. The one in February should attract Atlantis fans, as it's on Thera/Santorini:
I see that last October's topic-- the Abydos Archives Project-- is being reprised next week at UC Berkeley:
You get the idea. Top. men... and women.