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The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

What’s So Funny About Comedy?
Whether the joke is by Aristophanes or Woody Allen, we know when something tickles our funny bone. Television and film writer (and recovered stand-up comic) David Misch offers an appropriately irreverent history of comedy as he explores why it does.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 6:45 PM
The Lusitania: 100 Years Later
A new documentary from the Smithsonian Channel looks at the maritime tragedy in which nearly 2,000 lives were lost and that set the United States on the path to enter World War I. Join British historian Diana Preston, whose book Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy provided material for the documentary, for a discussion of the Lusitania’s legacy.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:45 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
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
Smithsonian NewsFlash: Cancer Research
Join us in a new innovative series that will look behind headlines and amplify sound bites. The newsworthy topic is the latest on Cancer Research and the featured speaker is Kathleen Calzone, senior nurse specialist (research) at the National Cancer Institute.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 6:45 PM