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Origin Stories and the Star Wars Trilogy: Joseph Campbell and Myth in the 21st Century
Joseph Campbell called mythology “Humankind’s one great story.” Explore that story with Doug Herman, senior geographer at the American Indian Museum, and Robert Walter, president and executive director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, as they carry on a wide-ranging conversation about myths, culture, and what it means to be fully human.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Taraji P. Henson: This Cookie Doesn’t Crumble
At the center of Fox’s wildly popular hip-hop drama, Empire, is the captivating Cookie Lyon. The force behind Cookie is D.C. native Taraji P. Henson, an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner. Henson talks about her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, about making a life and building career—and what really happens behind the scenes on Empire.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Supreme Court Justice Stephen C. Breyer
This evening, Nina Totenberg, NPR’s Legal Affairs correspondent, talks with Justice Stephen Breyer about his life before and after becoming a Supreme Court justice and his interpretation of the Constitution as a “living” document.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Choosing the Right To Die: A Mother’s Perspective
When Deborah Ziegler’s 29-year-old daughter Brittany Maynard, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, went public with the decision to end her own life she became the face of the controversial right-to-die movement. Ziegler shares how that family anguish played out in public, and how since her daughter’s death in late 2014 she has found a role as an advocate for the growing number of people worldwide who are struggling with end-of-life issues.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Theodor Herzl: The Founder of Modern Zionism
As an assimilated Viennese Jew who was not particularly religious and didn’t speak Hebrew, Theodor Herzl was a most unlikely candidate to spearhead the movement to create an independent Jewish homeland. Ralph Nurnberger, professor of international relations at Georgetown University, shares how—against the odds—this determined playwright, writer, and political activist became the founder of 20th century Zionism.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Montgomery Meigs in Washington: The Civil War and Beyond
From the Capitol dome to the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, the work of architect and engineer Montgomery Meigs is still a visible part of our region’s landscape—and our daily lives. Historian and urban studies specialist Bill Keene explores the many facets and achievements of the former Civil War officer who helped define and develop an enduring vision of the capital city.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Ray Charles: “The Genius”
His unique voice and passionate style made Ray Charles one of the most beloved and influential musicians of our time. Music curator John Edward Hasse of the American History Museum celebrates the music, the man, and his place in our country’s cultural history.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo: Contrasts in Greatness
In a daylong program, art historian Nigel McGilchrist examines Leonardo and Michelangelo, towering geniuses of Western art, who shared an intense dislike for each other, but their fraught relationship spurred them—and their contemporaries—to new levels of artistic achievement. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:30 AM
P.G. Wodehouse: “I Expect I’ll Feel Better After Tea”
Raise a toast to the genius of P.G. Wodehouse and his uniquely comic—and uniquely British—literary world as author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar salute one of most widely read humorists of the 20th century.
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Hieronymus Bosch: Heaven and Hell
Full of fantastic imagery and dense symbolism, the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch create a one-of-kind world that continues to fascinate—and perplex—across the centuries. Art historian Aneta Georgevskia-Shine offers a guide to his life and his haunting works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM