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Biography & Autobiography Programs
J.D. Salinger: The Eloquent Recluse

The author of The Catcher in the Rye and other seminal works of midcentury fiction led a life of self-imposed seclusion from the public, preferring to let his writing speak for him. He’s in the spotlight as author Daniel Stashower explores Salinger’s life and legacy and actor Scott Sedar reads a selection of his most celebrated works.

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Churchill: The Man Behind the Myths

Historian Kevin Matthews discusses Winston Churchill’s tempestuous career as an army officer, war correspondent, member of Parliament, and minister in both Liberal and Conservative governments to reveal a man too often hidden by the post-World War II legends that surround him.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Political Legacy

Brandon Terry of Harvard University examines the ethical and political thought of arguably the greatest public intellectual and activist that the United States ever produced. He contends that King’s body of philosophy offers indispensable resources for addressing many of our current political crises.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Bach and Handel: Two Titans of the Baroque

Though they shared a birth year, a native country, and dominance of their era’s musical world, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel never met. Saul Lilienstein brings them together in a six-part series that explores their creative genius and their legacies. 

Tuesday, January 29 to March 5, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Napoleon: The Rise and Fall of a Man Who Changed History

Tracing Napoleon’s life from its Corsican roots, through military triumphs and defeats to the final exile, historian and Napoleon scholar Alexander Mikaberidze tells the story of the French leader’s remarkable life and of the sheer determination and careful calculation that brought him to the pinnacle of power in Europe.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Rise and Fall of Alexander the Great: A New Look at an Ancient Hero

Since the Romans gave him the title of “Great” two thousand years ago, Alexander has come to be the embodiment of the ancient heroic ideal. But extensive research by historian and classics scholar John Prevas has led him to question just how great Alexander really was.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Humor and Humanism

Brimming with warmth and vivid details of daily life, the paintings of Bruegel are among the defining masterworks of Dutch Golden Age art. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores the facets of his creativity and his profound influence on succeeding generations of painters. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Benedict Arnold: “The Blackest Treason": Betrayal and Loyalty in the American Revolution

How did the name of a Continental Army general become a synonym for treason? Historian Richard Bell reconstructs the life and times of Benedict Arnold, the reasons he turned on his country, and the larger problems of betrayal and desertion that dogged George Washington’s army.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.
Edouard Manet: Reluctant Revolutionary

Art historian Bonita Billman discusses the life and career of Edouard Manet, a premier painter of modern life and a trailblazer of the impressionist movement. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.