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A Conversation with Katie Couric

In an evening that honors Katie Couric for using her voice to encourage important discussions about issues that touch American lives, she talks about topics including her career, her collaborations in new media, and how the issues and causes for which she advocates connect to her role as a journalist.

Date of event
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Lidia Bastianich: An Italian Classic

Join beloved chef Lidia Bastianich for a lively conversation about her close-knit family, her professional ascent, and the dedication and passion for food that led to multiple restaurants, many best-selling cookbooks, and 20 years on public television.

Date of event
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Ben Folds: An Unconventional Icon

Singer-songwriter Ben Folds has crafted a wide-ranging career path that’s sometimes been as unexpected as it has been successful. He’s chronicled that experience in a new memoir, and in a conversation with Stephen Thompson of NPR Music, he discusses what it took to move from a working-class childhood in North Carolina to stardom.

Date of event
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Bryan and Michael Voltaggio on the Flavors of the Chesapeake

Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio recently launch their third restaurant together, named Estuary in the spirit of the Chesapeake Bay. Join them as the brothers discuss their journey from their hometown of Frederick, Maryland, to “Top Chef” fame, how they created the menu at Estuary, and what it’s like to cook with family.

Date of event
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Medieval History: Fact vs. Fiction

From Renaissance faires to “Game of Thrones,” people love the Middle Ages. But does our pop-culture version of the past accurately portray the period? Medievalist Paul B. Sturtevant draws recent scholarship to reveal a medieval world that holds surprises for amateurs and history buffs alike.

Date of event
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.