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Chris Matthews: When Politics Wasn’t Hardball

The television host recalls how his former boss, House Speaker Tip O’Neill, the ultimate Washington insider, forged an unlikely working relationship with Ronald Reagan, his polar opposite.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
The “Chicken from Hell” and the Last American Dinosaurs

The 500-pound feathered dinosaur dubbed the “Chicken from Hell” was an extraordinary creature. Join one of its discoverers, paleontologist Hans Sues, as he discusses the rich trove of late-Cretaceous-era dinosaurs found in the rocks of the Hell Creek Formation.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
1939: Hollywood’s Best Year

It was a year that gave us classics including Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and so many movies we love. Learn why 1939 marked the pinnacle of the studio system, and how its films defined a unique cultural moment in America.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Bill Nye: Why Evolution Is Undeniable

After his controversial and widely watched debate with a creationist, scientist educator and television host Bill Nye set off to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. He discusses his new book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, part of that campaign.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
The Enigma of Alan Turing: A Biographer’s Portrait

In his acclaimed biography of British mathematician Alan Turing, Andrew Hodges tells how this brilliant man’s concept of a universal machine laid the foundation for the modern computer, and how Turing played a leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Treasures of the Forbidden City in Richmond
All-Day Tour

A visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers a rare glimpse into a one-hidden world through rich and diverse objects from the Palace Museum in Beijing. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:00 A.M.
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