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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.
Books@Noon

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.
Capital Brews: The Beverage All of Washington Agrees On

A new generation of local craft brewers is adding the latest chapter to Washington’s venerable history as a beer town. Bill Butcher of Port City Brewing and author and historian Garrett Peck trace the traditions of brewing in the capital city—which date to pre-Revolutionary days—and offer a taste of some of today’s most interesting D.C. brews.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
A Dip Into the Past: The History of America in Ice Cream Scoops

It’s a story of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness—just like America’s—but with sprinkles on top. Collector Don Kaufman looks at the invention, perfection, and popularization of a very small piece of technology that has played a big role in our national life: the ice cream scoop.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Sherlock Holmes Under the Magnifying Glass: A Conan Doyle Birthday Celebration

Celebrate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 154th as writer Daniel Stashower undertakes an affectionate investigation of the legendary sleuth of Baker Street and his creator. The evening also features actor Scott Sedar reading some of Conan Doyle’s classic works.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
American Journey: The Life and Times of Ed Bearss

You know Ed Bearss as an indefatigable Civil War tour guide, but that’s just one aspect of this remarkable man. Join director David Currey and Ed at a screening of a new documentary portrait of a man for whom a love of history has always been way of life.

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
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