Authors, Books, & Writing Programs
Reading the Neapolitan Quartet
4-Session Daytime Course

The novels of Elena Ferrante’s rich, intense Neapolitan Quartet have captivated readers as they follow two friends whose lives change over the course of 60 years after World War II. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about these compelling books.

Date
Monday, March 5, April 9, May 7, and June 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
The Immigrant Experience in Literature

Fiction is ideally suited to capture the immigrant experience at its human core. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in an examination of four compelling novels that tell the stories of women and men creating new lives in America—and coming to terms with the lives they left behind. This session's featured novel is Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao.

Date
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Lessons From the Great Books of Science

In this all-day seminar, explore the works of the great scientist-writers—from those of Hippocrates, Plato, and Aristotle through 20th-century classics in biology, physics, and cosmology—that moved scientific development forward over the centuries.

Date
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
America: The Great Cookbook, What DC Chefs Cook for the People They Love

Join the Washington Post’s Joe Yonan as he gathers four local food-world contributors to his new cookbook for a tasty discussion of what cooking in America means today. And of course, the evening features samples of the panelists’ favorite recipies.

Date
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Lidia Bastianich’s American Dream

When she was 12, cookbook author, television personality, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich fled Europe with her family to escape persecution. Drawing on her new book, My American Dream, Bastianich shares the vivid story of the fulfillment of that dream, beginning with her new life in New York and the dedication and passion for food that helped to build a successful career.

Date
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Immigrant Experience in Literature

Fiction is ideally suited to capture the immigrant experience at its human core. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in an examination of four compelling novels that tell the stories of women and men creating new lives in America—and coming to terms with the lives they left behind. This session's featured novel is The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengetsu.

Date
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Writings That Shaped a Nation: Voices From the Revolutionary Era
4-Session Evening Course

The revolutionary era produced some of the most important political texts and autobiographies in American history. This four-evening book discussion series offers the chance to learn about, read, and informally discuss four classics of the period by Founding Fathers and one too-often-overlooked masterpiece by an ordinary American soldier.

Date
Monday, April 16, May 7, May 21, and June 11, 2018 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.