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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Follow an American original down the road less traveled. Author Daniel Stashower explores Frost’s life and legacy, and actor Scott Sedar reads a selection of the poet’s most celebrated works.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In his acclaimed biography of British mathematician Alan Turing, Andrew Hodges tells how this brilliant man’s concept of a universal machine laid the foundation for the modern computer, and how Turing played a leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

In this richly illustrated seminar, art historian Bonita Billman explores the lives and careers of van Gogh and other notable artists in Paris and their depictions of the celebrities and scenes of everyday life in Montmartre—the night life and low life of a bohemian world.

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The Roosevelts stand apart from American dynasties of the past and present in terms of their political and personal impact on our nation. Filmmaker Ken Burns and writer Geoffrey C. Ward, collaborators on a new PBS series and companion book, discuss how they crafted their portraits of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt to capture both their larger-than-life public personas and the private lives that shaped them as individuals.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Senator John McCain discusses his evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of 13 remarkable men and women who fought in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

It took cyanide, bullets, and the freezing waters of the Neva River to end the life of Rasputin on December 29, 1916. What hasn’t ended are the controversies over who actually carried out the murder—and the reasons behind it. Ralph Nurnberger examines if new research finally provides the answers.

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)

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