Biography & Autobiography Programs
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's early artistic life.

Date
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Untangling the Legend of Lionheart

Was Lionheart a brave warrior and a hero of the tales of Robin Hood or a vicious killer and failed monarch? The truth about King Richard I is plucked from the tangle of legends in this entertaining program.   

Date
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with Manon Lescaut and La Boheme.

Date
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Evolution of Alice Waters: How American Cuisine Found Its Way

When Alice Waters opened restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, in 1971, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscape. Tonight, Waters talks about her evolution from follower to activist who effects change on a global level through the common bond of food.

Date
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with Tosca and Madame Butterfly.

Date
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Incomparable Ella: A 100th Birthday Tribute

John Edward Hasse, curator of the current Smithsonian exhibition Ella Fitzgerald at 100: First Lady of Song, draws on film and video clips, rare photographs, and original recordings  to provide insight into the extraordinary life and career of Ella Fitzgerald.

Date
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Scott Kelly: A Year in Space

The veteran of four space flights, astronaut Scott Kelly discusses the dangers, achievements, and physical and emotional challenges he encountered during his record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station.

Date
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with La fanciulla del West and La rondine.

Date
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with Il trittico.

Date
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thomas Paine: Revolutions of a Founding Father

He was admired for helping to ignite the fight for independence in the Colonies, but when Thomas Paine died in June 1809 only a dozen people came to his funeral. Historian Richard Bell examines the reasons behind Paine’s meteoric rise to celebrity status during the American Revolution and his equally dramatic fall from grace in the decades afterward.

Date
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Spell of Vermeer

A master of light and color, Vermeer created a timeless world in which the smallest actions took on a beauty beyond their commonplace settings. Explore his artistry and legacy with art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Puccini: A Deeper Look

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers. Part of a 6-Session Daytime Course, this session focuses on Puccini's work with Turandot.

Date
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Secret Selves: Charlotte and Emily Brontë

Charlotte and Emily Brontë lived a small, isolated family home in an English village, far from literary circles. Author John Pfordresher examines the forces of creative imagination and personality that nonetheless allowed them to cast a critical eye on the issues of their time through passionate female characters—who often resembled their creators.

Date
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Dickens Without the Humbug

Follow the life and career of Charles Dickens through the best of times and the worst of times with author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar, reading from selected works. Then, have a piece of cake and raise a toast to the premier storyteller of the Victorian age. 

Date
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Hannibal's Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy

According to ancient sources, Hannibal was 9 years old when his father dipped the boy's hand in blood and made him swear eternal hatred of Rome. Whether the story is true or not, it’s one of hundreds of legends that have appeared over the centuries about this enigmatic military genius who challenged Rome for mastery of the ancient world. Biographer John Prevas traces Hannibal’s rise, triumphs, downfall, and final exile.

Date
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.