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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
Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After
Eleanor Roosevelt redefined the role of first lady, creating a public presence that made her both a supporter and surrogate for her husband, as well as an advocate for her own social issues. Biographer Blanche Wiesen Cook examines how her experiences in the wartime White House and FDR’s death shaped Roosevelt’s emergence as a moral force in a turbulent world.
Tuesday, November 15, 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
Jack London: The Adventure Path
A century after his death at 40, the name Jack London and adventure remain nearly synonymous. He stuffed a bounty of living into that short life, and Kenneth Brandt, executive coordinator of the Jack London Society, examines how his thirst for experience is reflected in London’s still-thrilling works.
Tuesday, December 6, 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
Kafka: The Man Who Defined a Nightmare
His name has become synonymous with anxiety and alienation, but how much do you know about the man behind it? Elizabeth Rejac, president of the Kafka Society of America, analyzes the life and literary context of the author of The Metamorphosis, his influence on contemporary literature, and what exactly makes something “Kafkaesque.”
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Connie Britton: Actress as Advocate
She’s created attention-getting characters on “Friday Night Lights” and “Nashville,” but Connie Britton plays an equally notable role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. In a conversation with NPR’s Linda Holmes, she discusses her television experiences and her work as an advocate for poverty eradication and women’s empowerment.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:45 PM