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Biography and Autobiography Programs

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Abraham Lincoln’s wife endured being caricatured as a shrew, spendthrift, and national embarrassment. Her biographer Jean H. Baker and playwright James Still, author of the upcoming The Widow Lincoln, offer portraits of this often-polarizing figure that contests the conventional wisdom that has encrusted our understanding of a fascinating woman. In cooperation with Ford’s Theatre.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Architecture and urban studies lecturer Bill Keene offers a portrait of a complex innovator whose life encompassed acclaim and triumph as well as scandal and tragedy. Tom Wright, the architect’s grandson, provides a look at the joys and challenges of living in and maintaining a Wright-designed house in Bethesda. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The nation’s founders shaped the philosophical and political vision of a newly independent republic. Pierre L’Enfant translated that vision into physical reality. Author Scott W. Berg examines L’Enfant’s work in the artistic and political context of his times, and how his enduring influence is reflected in today’s Washington.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:45 PM

When Billie Holiday stepped in front of a microphone, audiences heard more than a one-of-a-kind voice: She revealed a life, in all its pain and triumph. Jazz expert John Edward Hasse follows Holiday’s extraordinary journey from abused Baltimore girl to troubled but brilliant singer. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:45 PM

American music specialist Robert Wyatt takes you through the extraordinary life and  musical achievements of legendary songwriter Irving Berlin.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:45 PM

In this evening seminar, learn the fascinating story of Kemal Ataturk, Turkey’s first president, who changed the face of the Ottoman Empire following World War I. Relying on a theme of governance by science and reason rather than by dogma and religion, he dragged a predominately illiterate and lethargic society into the 20th century.