Courses MA in the HISTORY of DECORATIVE ARTS Popular Culture Philosophy and Religion
The Devil’s Diary: Recovering a Nazi Henchman’s Chilling Account of the Third Reich
Alfred Rosenberg’s diary provided a window into the center of Hitler’s ruling circle. Missing since the close of the Nuremberg trials, the volume came to light again in 2013, after a decade-long search across continents. Robert K. Wittman, who played a key role in its recovery, traces the trail that led to the diary and discusses the dark secrets in its pages.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Harry Potter and the Wizarding Gene: Scientific Fact and Fantasy Fiction
In a muddle understanding how Muggles can have wizards on their family tree? Using principles of genetics and genomics, Eric Spana of Duke University’s biology department casts a scientific eye on of the world of J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books to explain how their characters come by their magical abilities.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Literary Baltimore
All-Day Tour
Baltimore’s literary roots are deep ones. The authors who lived and worked here include Edgar Allan Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. Led by arts journalist Richard Selden, discover Baltimore’s annual Mencken Day with a tour of sites connected to the city’s literary heritage.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:30 AM
Roald Dahl: The Curmudgeon Who Built Charlie’s Chocolate Factory
On the anniversary of Dahl’s birth, explore the life and art of this storyteller with author Daniel Stashower. Actor Scott Sedar offers a dramatic reading of some of Dahl’s most memorable writings as we raise a toast in celebration and enjoy a special cake.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
John Wilkes Booth: A Stage of Infamy
Jennifer Chiaverini discusses her new novel, Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth, in which she takes on one of American history’s most notorious villains, opening a conversation on who Booth really was, and why he assassinated one of America’s most beloved leaders.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Frankenstein Revisited
Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley brought the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his man-made creature to life, and it shows no sign of fading from our consciousness. Bernard Welt of George Washington University explores the tale’s enduring power and its ever-evolving significance.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Mary Roach: The Curious Science of Humans at War
Can diarrhea be a threat to national security? Why are zippers a fashion problem for snipers? Author Mary Roach, whose books deftly combine popular science and humor, learned the answers to these—and plenty of other intriguing questions—as she researched and wrote her newest book, Grunt.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Self-Publishing: A Practical Guide for Writers
In a practical and informative program, writer and self-published author Monica Bhide covers the basics of self-publishing, following the process from completed manuscript to published work. Important tips are also shared by a panel of authors who have successfully self-published, as well as founders of local publishing houses.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Conversations on Contemporary Novels: National Book Critics Circle Award Winners
4-Session Evening Course
If you love discovering a new book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing four recent novels recognized by the National Book Critics Circle Award. Part of a 4-Session Course.
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 6:45 PM