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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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The actor best known for Everybody Loves Raymond discusses his new book, a collection of comedic and personal essays on the gaffes, challenges, and joys of life’s second half.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Stef Woods of American University, who developed a course on The Hunger Games, discusses why the boundary-breaking success of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy offers plenty of food for thought.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Here’s one mystery that many writers fail to solve: coming up with the correct procedural and atmospheric details when DC is a setting for crime stories. Meet one local who knows her stuff when it comes to tales about crime, Allison Leotta, a former federal prosecutor.