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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Between them, illustrator Crockett Johnson (best known for Harold and the Purple Crayon), and writer Ruth Krauss were involved in some of the most beloved and influential children’s books of the 1950s and 60s. The couple’s involvement in leftist politics, though, garnered them a less appreciative audience: the FBI. Their biographer Philip Nel tells a fascinating tale of the intersection of art, publishing, and ideology during the Cold War.

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM

From the Capitol dome to the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, the work of architect and builder Montgomery Meigs is still part of our region’s landscape—and our daily lives. Spend a day focused on Washington history and architecture as you discover the many facets and achievements of the former Civil War officer who helped define and develop an enduring vision of the capital city.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Raoul Wallenberg’s courage at the height of the Holocaust saved countless Jewish lives in Hungary, and ultimately cost him his own. Swedish author and journalist Ingrid Carlberg discusses her recent biography of Wallenberg in a conversation with Steve Roberts.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM

With an aesthetic that found its reflection both in buildings of stripped-down beauty and bold idiosyncrasy, Philip Johnson made an indelible mark on the architecture of the 20th century. In a richly illustrated lecture, historian Bill Keene traces Johnson’s life and his legacy. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

The most famous song of the Civil War made her celebrated, but Julia Ward Howe also made her name as a pacifist, author, suffragist, world traveler, and a tireless campaigner for women’s rights and social reform. Her biographer Elaine Showalter joins NPR’s Cokie Roberts in a conversation about Howe’s remarkable self-creation that defied her era’s conventions of what a woman could be.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM

In the final five years of his short life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart produced an amazing series of masterworks. In lectures highlighted by CD and DVD recordings, Saul Lilienstein explores the composer’s achievements during that time as a fitting coda to a brilliant life lived for music.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Biographer William Egginton examines Cervantes's life and the world he lived in, exploring how his work—especially Don Quixote—radically changed the nature of literature.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Biographers Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf examine Thomas Jefferson’s vision of himself, the American Revolution, Christianity, slavery, and race through the lens of what they term his “empire of imagination.”

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Victorian literature scholar Deborah Lutz discusses her new biography, which reveals the complicated and beguiling lives of the literary Bronte sisters: Anne, Charlotte, and Emily.