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Biography and Autobiography Programs

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Beatrix Potter biographer, Linda Lear, provides an intimate look into the life of the beloved author of Peter Rabbit, who used her talent and wealth to preserve the Lake District landscape that had inspired her art.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Musicologist and pianist Daniel Freeman traces Chopin’s life and major works, interweaving musical analysis with visual materials, music recordings, and live piano performance.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Eleanor of Aquitaine and Anne Boleyn each defied their eras’—and their husbands’—expectations of how a woman and a queen should behave. And each payed the price for it. Scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger examines why their lives continue to fascinate us.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Lancelot “Capability” Brown defined the quintessential English landscape during his reign as the 18th century’s most influential garden designer. Landscape historian Mark Laird offers a guide to the artfully elegant and enduring visions of nature he crafted.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:45 PM

A writer of astonishing versatility, Robert Louis Stevenson’s tales of adventure and reinvention still captivate us. Stephen Arata of the University of Virginia traces how this son of a Scottish lighthouse engineer became one of the Victorian era’s most prominent literary voices.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Members-Only Program: As a producer and writer, Norman Lear’s created shows whose characters and themes changed the face of American television. Join the four-time Emmy as he shares reflections on his life, career, and achievements from his groundbreaking sitcoms to his philanthropy.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Frederic Bertley of Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute examines Franklin’s life and extraordinary intellect. He also speculates on what a prolifically talented multitasker such as Ben might have achieved had we been lucky enough to welcome into the 21st century.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Historian John Kelly analyzes how Churchill’s leadership was put to the test in meeting the “supreme question” facing England in the first year of WWII: whether to negotiate a compromised peace with Germany.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Loren Schoenberg of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem draws on material from the Smithsonian’s Duke Ellington Collection to present an overview of the musical master’s richly varied career. Later, Schoenberg picks up his sax to join the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Trio in a performance of some of Ellington’s best-loved works.

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Complex and controversial, the towering figure of Clarence Darrow helped shape the legal landscape of early-20th-century America. Lawyer and author Jack Marshall examines his career and his legacy, and actor Paul Morella brings Darrow’s spell-binding courtroom oratory to life.