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Join us in a new innovative series that will look behind headlines and amplify sound bites. The newsworthy topic is the Future of Putin’s Russia and featured speaker is Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.
The Baby in the King Cake and Other Mardi Gras Mysteries

The roots of Mardi Gras, like those of New Orleans itself, are complex, rich, and wonderfully varied. Historian Emily Landau guides you through a lively social history of this pre-Lenten celebration—and offers a king cake tasting, too.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.
B.J. Novak: One More Thing (and More)

You may know him as Ryan from the The Office, but there’s more to B.J. Novak than you might expect. Hear Novak discuss his path after Harvard and his experiences in the entertainment industry. The program includes a book signing.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 7:00 P.M.
Along the Coast of Many Cultures: Croatia from Pula to Dubrovnik

The art and architectural treasures of Croatia reflect centuries of cultural influences, with Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans all leaving their mark. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine examines the legacy of this history.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.
Creating the Visual World of Game of Thrones

Production designer Deborah Riley is responsible for creating the stunning settings against which HBO’s saga of power, family, revenge and romance plays out. Learn how she and a small army of craftsmen give the series its distinctive visual style.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: Chasin' the Trane

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s (SJMO) artists bring the legacy of jazz to life, spotlighting the sounds of the greatest composers and performers of the past and present. Sax legend John Coltrane gets a salute in a program that surveys his work as a musician and composer during his years with Miles Davis in the late 1950s.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:30 P.M.