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Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Does passing a bookshelf remind you of all the titles you’ve promised yourself to someday pick up again but never did? Writer and historian Susan Wise Bauer offers a refresher overview of three genres—the novel, autobiography, and history—that can help you discover new insights and joys as you return to some of your favorite works.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Coilin Owens, a James Joyce scholar, guides you through that famous June day in 1904 Dublin to explore the reasons Ulysses is one of the Western world’s literary masterpieces, and why—if you haven’t already—you should take the plunge. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, examines the tragic final crossing of the Lusitania, the disaster that steered America on the road to World War I.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM

How do you preserve and pass on a family history? Genealogy expert John Colletta explores how to use the facts you’ve discovered in research to craft a compelling narrative that tells the unique story of your family.

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM

The Iranian novelist best known for Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books receives the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award in honor of her achievements in literature.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Scandinavian language professor Henrik Williams sheds light on early Runic inscriptions, providing glimpses of the Viking culture as it was nearly two thousand years ago.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Historian Jennifer Paxton traces the transformation of Magna Carta from a list of concessions granted by an unpopular medieval king into a blueprint for good government that influenced the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.

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.