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Biography & Autobiography Programs

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.

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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)

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

Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger leads a journey through the life and reign of Elizabeth I, following her from a child deemed a disappointment by her father to a tenacious and spirited young woman to a powerful monarch who changed the history of England and the world.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

With his tales of mystery and imagination, Edgar Allan Poe both broke new literary ground and set the pattern for generations of writers to come. On the anniversary of his death, explore the life and art of the original “man in black” with author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar.

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Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the most influential musicians of his time. Opera and classical music expert Saul Lilienstein offers a rich view of Mozart’s most important accomplishments, from his beginnings as a child prodigy in Salzburg to becoming one of the leading musicians of the Classical period.

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Tuesday, October 15 to November 19, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine embarks on a detailed exploration of the large-scale masterworks, intimate character studies, classically-inspired history paintings, and revealing (and sometimes enigmatic) self-portraits that marked Rembrandt as one of Western art’s most significant innovators. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Event date
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Art historian Aneta Georgevska-Shine explores the distinctive facets of Florentine artist Andrea del Verrocchio's creative approach, and his influence on artists associated with his studio, including Leonardo, Ghirlandaio, and Perugino. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

When Victoria came to the throne, she was 18 years old, with no experience or training in governance, just as England was on the brink of enormous expansion and change. Learn how this young woman became one of the most iconic monarchs of all time.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.