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Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

From the voyage of the HMS Bounty to the doomed flight of Alfa Foxtrot 586, author Andrew Jampoler surveys dramatic incidents of bravery, tragedy, loss, and survival that span three centuries.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Historian Craig L. Symonds explores the unknown side of D-Day, tracing the Olympian-scaled invasion—involving more than 5000 ships and nearly half a million personnel—from its conception in the winter of 1941 to the storming of the beaches in the summer of 1944.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Grab your sandwich or salad and spend the noon hour with Craig Nelson and his book The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era. The format is informal, the topics are timely, and there’s time to chat with the featured writer.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Historian Eric Cline explains how a cycle of human and natural disasters coalesced to bring the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean world to an end in a single calamitous year. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Yong B. Kim, co-director the nation’s first BA program in marital arts studies, surveys these codified forms of combat and self-defense with an emphasis on their role in the cultural and philosophical life of the societies in which they developed.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Jane Shadel Spilman, a former curator at the Corning Museum of Glass, presents a virtual tour of some of northeastern France’s most important glass centers, looking at the cathedrals, palaces, museums, and studios where the glassmaker’s art shines brightest.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In her new book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: The Legacy of Tiananmen Square, Louisa Lim offers an insider’s account of this defining moment in China’s modern history. Lim reveals how the events of June 4, 1989 changed the nation, and how the nation’s government changed those events by rewriting its own history.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

In celebration of National Doughnut Day, food historian and writer Michael Krondl serves up an entertaining introduction to the popular pastry’s social history. End the morning on a sweet note with a tasting of varieties from local favorite Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The energy and excitement of a new century ushered in defining eras for Europe’s leading capitals. George Scheper explores how the alignment of creative and historical forces shaped three highly distinctive urban milieus.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Grab your sandwich or salad and spend the noon hour with Rick Atkinson and his book The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945. The format is informal, the topics are timely, and there’s time to chat with the featured writer.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

At the crossroads of Mediterranean empires since antiquity, Sicily boasts a rich heritage of art and architecture. Art historian Lawrence E. Butler surveys works from some of its most vibrant periods: the Greek and Roman epochs, the Norman kingdom, and the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

 

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