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Biography and Autobiography Programs

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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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Author Susan Butler tells the story of how the leaders of the capitalist and Communist worlds joined forces to defeat Hitler, and illuminates the unlikely but real alliance the two men forged.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The years from 1863 to 1873 were a tumultuous period for the city of Washington and a pivotal time for Walt Whitman’s career and private life. Local historian Garrett Peck examines the intersection of the changes that decade brought to the capital and the poet.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Musicologist Daniel Freeman traces Vivaldi’s life in the city of his birth, illuminating sites that were important in the composer’s personal life and that helped inspire much of his music.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM

If you like a Gershwin tune—and ones by Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, and Richard Rodgers—join pianist and performer John Eaton to explore their lives and enduring works.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Through a lecture and readings, Christopher Griffin, who taught Irish literature at George Washington University, considers the meaning of Yeats’s poetry and his abiding love of his native land.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Catholic University professor Gregory T. Doolan spends a day examining the historical significance of Aquinas, whose thinking presents one of the most comprehensive philosophical systems in the history of Western civilization. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The former legislator shares his unvarnished thoughts on Congress, the closed-door workings of the Hill, and how private and public life intersected in his political career. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The smooth and smart Rodgers and Hart filled the 1920s and ’30s with songs that sparkled with wit, sophistication, and an engaging sense of joie de vivre. American music specialist Robert Wyatt recalls the songs and show.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Author and curator Ross MacPhee of the American Museum of Natural History looks at the rival expeditions led by a pair of “ideal antagonists” that resulted in grand heroism, bitter tragedy, and myths that have lingered for generations.