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Biography & Autobiography Programs
Maurice Ravel in 1920s Paris

He readily comes to mind as the composer of the great orchestral work, Bolero, but Maurice Ravel was one of the great mainstays of musical life in Paris of the 1920s. His work celebrated the greatness of France’s musical past as he also drew on modern techniques of musical composition.  Explore his musical genius and virtuosity in a lively daylong program highlighted by recordings and live piano performances.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”: The Life and Times of an Explorer in Africa

Russell Gammon, one of Africa’s leading wilderness guides, narrates the remarkable and dramatic life story of a man born in a Glasgow slum who opened a new era of African exploration—and, ultimately, a new expansion of the British Empire.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Mark Twain: A Celebration

It's been 106 years since the death of Samuel Langhorn Clemens, but his beloved works seems as fresh, funny, and pointed as ever. Author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar illustrate why we’re still quoting the wisdom of his words.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Jerome Kern: Godfather of American Musical Theater

Drawing on personal correspondence, film clips, and recordings of masterworks, American music specialist and pianist Robert Wyatt guides you through highlights in the life of Jerome Kern, the genius who set the cornerstone of American musical theater.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Rise of Genghis Khan: Forging the Mongol World Empire

Historian Michael Chang of George Mason University examines the path that transformed an ambitious warrior named Temujiin into Genghis Khan, a forward-thinking, politically savvy ruler of a the largest contiguous land empire in history.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
John F. Kennedy: 1,000 Days in Office
The Making of an Iconic Presidency

Ken Walsh, veteran White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, considers JFK’s 1,000 days in office, his legacy, and whether any president could ever again attain his mystique.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.