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Biography & Autobiography Programs

Drawing on her memoir, Trailblazer, Gilliam talks to veteran reporter and freelance journalist Kristin Jense about her remarkable 50-year career as The Washington Post’s first black female journalist and her determination to “make the media look more like America.”

Event date
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

A new exhibition at the Portrait Gallery, One Life: Marian Anderson, examines how the performer’s roles as singer, diplomat, and muse helped shatter segregationist policies on and off the stage. Join curator Leslie Ureña, to learn about the making of the exhibition and the powerful cultural and artistic themes it illuminates.

Event date
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

There’s far more to Thomas Edison’s story than the light bulb and the phonograph. Paul Israel, director and general editor of the Edison Papers at Rutgers University, offers a portrait of an American genius who transformed the concept of invention and played a key role in developing some of the most important technologies of the modern era.

Event date
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Forty-six years after his death, Picasso still looms large in our world. Art historian Nancy G. Heller examines an extraordinary career that sparked both scandal and reverence and that came to define the creative spirit of 20th century art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.