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Steinbeck Onstage: The Grapes of Wrath at 75

Writer-director Frank Galati’s adaptation of Steinbeck’s Depression-era epic, created for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1988, has become a theatrical staple. Galati and Lois Smith, who created the role of Ma Joad, are among the panelists who explore why the novel’s themes and characters offer such rich material for the stage.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
Understanding the Human Brain: Can Neuroscience Tell Enough?

Do brain scans equal destiny? Psychiatrist Sally Satel and Gary Marcus, a research psychologist, discuss the controversial question of whether data gathered by neurotechnologies can provide fully accurate indicators of behaviors.

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Marlo Thomas on the Power of Reinvention

The actress, producer, writer, and activist  talks about the importance of possibilities—and the ways that we fulfill them—as she discusses her newest book, It Ain’t Over…Till It’s Over.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
What the Bones Reveal: Real-Time Crime Scene Investigation

Volumes of information can be found in a skeleton or decomposing body. There are plenty of each at the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, whose director Dawnie Wolfe Steadman shares how the grim secrets unlocked by scientists aid work in law enforcement and human rights investigations.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 9:30 A.M.

Grab your sandwich or salad and spend the noon hour with Craig Nelson and his book The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era. The format is informal, the topics are timely, and there’s time to chat with the featured writer.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:00 P.M.
Alpha House: Fun with the Senate

A quartet of quirky senators share a Capitol Hill townhouse. Hilarity ensues. Go behind the scenes of the Net series Alpha House as Jonathan Alter, the executive producer and a longtime Washington journalist, and actor Clark Johnson reveal how the show’s satire is grounded in political reality.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.