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Biography & Autobiography Programs

Ben Folds: An Unconventional Icon

Singer-songwriter Ben Folds has crafted a wide-ranging career path that’s sometimes been as unexpected as it has been successful. He’s chronicled that experience in a new memoir, and in a conversation with Stephen Thompson of NPR Music, he discusses what it took to move from a working-class childhood in North Carolina to stardom.

Date of event
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Marcel Duchamp: Enfant Terrible and Innovative Genius

He was among the most influential and distinctive artists of the 20th century—and the most deliberately outrageous. Art historian Nancy G. Heller traces Marcel Duchamp’s life and art, focusing on a selection of his key works and explaining why they were—and still remain—important. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Beethoven: The Musical Milestones

His was an amazing life of discovery and challenge, reflected in the music created across the full breadth of compositional forms. In a six-session course, classical music and opera scholar Saul Lilienstein surveys the landmark works that define Beethoven’s career and legacy.

Date of event
Tuesday, January 21 to February 25, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Amelia Earhart: Legend and Legacy

Dorothy Cochrane, a curator at the Air and Space Museum, separates fact from fiction as she examines the pioneering aviator’s accomplishments and her shortcomings, and why Earhart still challenges and inspires in the 21st century.

Date of event
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Louis Armstrong: American Icon

Say the name Louis Armstrong and you’re instantly able to conjure the unmistakable sound of his voice and his trumpet. Curator and author John Edward Hasse provides a film and video portrait of the beloved entertainer who transformed American music.

Date of event
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.