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Connie Britton: Actress as Advocate
Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns: A Study in Influences at the VMFA
Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration


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The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Gary Gibbons, Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Mario Batali on Regional American Cooking
Mario Batali, best known for Italian cuisine, headed into new territory to prepare his latest cookbook: all corners of America. In a conversation with Joe Yonan, food and dining editor of the Washington Post, he discusses what the dishes served at state fairs, church socials, BBQ joints, and family dinners reveal about our food culture and traditions.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Science as Art: The Beauty of Botanical Illustration
In collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries’ Biological Heritage Library, Alice Tangerini, a scientific illustrator at the Natural History Museum, leads an afternoon focused on the fascinating mix of art and science behind the practice of botanical illustration.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Are the Cards Collapsing?: A “House of Cards” Season 5 Preview
Stef Woods, who explores the intersection of television, politics, and ethics in a course at American University, finds plenty of juicy material in “House of Cards.” Get ready for the newest season as she examines what might be in the cards for the power-hungry Underwoods.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The American Civil War and the World
Far from being a domestic conflict, the Civil War was closely watched by other countries. Paul Quigley, director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, explores international perspectives on the war, ranging from ideological affinities to economic calculations to strategic considerations.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:45 PM
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