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A Postal Salute to National Parks: Ethel Kessler on Designing Commemorative Stamps
The centennial year of the National Park Service is being marked by the U.S. Postal Service with the release of a pane of Forever stamps that celebrate 16 national parks, created by award-winning stamp designer Ethel Kessler. She talks about the commemorative collections and how they represent the regional diversity of the National Park System.
Thursday, September 22, 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
John Wilkes Booth: A Stage of Infamy
In her new novel, Jennifer Chiaverini discusses 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
Art’s Brave New World: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting in France
4-Session Evening Course
David Gariff of the National Gallery of Art examines the origins and the legacy of the impressionist revolution, one begun by artists whose color-drenched brush strokes startled Paris and continued in a new generation of painters who paved the way for 20th-century abstraction. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Puzzling Out Politically Correct Language
What’s the good word? With today’s rapidly evolving language trends, sometimes it’s hard to know. Linguist Anne Curzan offers perspectives on a debate about contemporary terminology that can elicit both passion and bewilderment.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:30 AM