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Biography & Autobiography Programs
Richard III: The Search for the “Real” King

Richard III is one of the most famous—and possibly the most infamous—of all British monarchs. For more than 500 years, his true nature has been debated. Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger explores the various attempts to portray Richard III over the centuries, from the villain of Shakespeare to the hero of his followers.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Ronald Reagan: A Life Well Played

Forty years after he left the White House, Reagan has assumed a near-mythical place in American history, even as the public forgets the details of his life. This evening, Bob Spitz draws on his new biography, Reagan: An American Journey, to portray a man who—by dint of luck, charm, or something else—landed the role of his life.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Gershwin, by George!

Pianist and Gershwin authority Robert Wyatt explores the composer’s life and legacy in a lively program that includes Wyatt’s performances of the solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, early and unpublished music, the piano improvisations, and other Gershwin musical selections. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
C. S. Lewis: Life and Legacy, Philosopher, Fantasist, and “Mere” Christian

Fifty-five years after his death, Clive Staple Lewis (1898-1963), Irish-born Oxford don, Cambridge professor, and best-selling author, still attracts and inspires readers and thinkers everywhere. In this absorbing daylong program, Lewis scholar Andrew Lazo offers insights into Lewis’ personal life, published works, and enduring appeal.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Hubert Humphrey: American Statesman

He was passionate about his beliefs, he treated his peers with respect, and they dubbed him "The Happy Warrior" for his tireless advocacy of liberal causes. Learn about the long career of Hubert Humphrey, one of the great post-war leaders who played a central role in some of the country's most divisive issues.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Benjamin Rush: The Overlooked Founding Father

Though it’s among the signatures on the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Rush’s name is one that doesn’t immediately come to mind as one of the most influential patriots of the Revolutionary era. Drawing from his new biography, Stephen Fried resurrects and celebrates the most significant Founding Father we’ve never heard of.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Loving Lenny: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Music recordings, film clips, and photographs highlight a discussion led by music specialist Fred Plotkin that celebrates the great Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), an American Renaissance Man: composer, conductor, concert pianist, Broadway tunesmith, educator, humanitarian, and so much more.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.