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De-Extinction: A Mammoth Undertaking: Can Ancient DNA Re-create Lost Species?
Inside the World of Scrabble: In Quest of the
Fifty Years of Excellence
USS Monitor: Symbol, Landmark, and Sanctuary


Carmina Burana: The Cantata That Conquered the World
You know the thundering rhythms and ominous vocal chorus of “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana even if you don’t know its name: It’s a soundtrack staple for action-movie trailers and commercials. But there’s far more to the music and the history of the perennially performed cantata, and Scott Tucker, artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, is ready to tell the story.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 7:00 PM
How To Plan a Murder in Washington, D.C.: It’s a Literary Crime!
Here’s one mystery that many writers fail to solve: coming up with the correct procedural and atmospheric details when DC is a setting for crime stories. Meet one local who knows her stuff when it comes to tales about crime, Allison Leotta, a former federal prosecutor.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 6:45 PM
Inside the World of Scrabble: In Quest of the “X” Factor
John D. Williams, former executive director of the National Scrabble Association, knows the score (and all the right words) when it comes describing the colorful, fascinating, and often downright odd subculture of the competitive Scrabble scene.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 6:45 PM
Holmes Maintenance: Mike Holmes on Keeping Your House in Shape
Contractor and television personality Mike Holmes is the go-to guy for practical guidance when it comes to your home, and he’s collected plenty of tips in his newest book, The Holmes Manual.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:45 PM
Surrealism: The Canvas of Dreams
Artist and art historian Joseph Cassar leads a fascinating journey through the landscape of the imagination as reflected in the distinctive work of artists including Ernst, Arp, Miro, Magritte, and Dali. (World Art History Certificate elective)
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 9:30 AM
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