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Historian Richard Bell reconstructs the fascinating history of America’s Declaration of Independence, covering its origins, purpose, impact, and its extraordinary influence on more than 100 similar declarations in countries around the world.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Find out what inspired the so-called Beat Generation of the 1950s–a fascinating, maddening, provocative and, in the end, utterly American group of writers.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

The Washington area is a book lover’s playground, with excellent local bookstores satisfying every kind of literary taste. Join four knowledgeable booksellers from independent shops as they share their picks among upcoming titles in genres they know and love—and spotlight area authors you should know about.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The vibes of peace, love, and nature that shaped the counterculture of the 1960s have a connection that might have surprised some of its laid-back proponents: the landscape of 19th-century New England transcendentalism. Bill Dinges, a professor of religion and culture at Catholic University, explores this notable American intellectual movement and how it inspired the activism, literature, and religion of that turbulent decade and beyond.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.