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Biography & Autobiography Programs
Judy Garland: Climbing Over the Rainbow

Her decades of stardom and struggle were marked by bouts of alcohol and drug abuse, multiple divorces, and career swings, but Judy Garland remains one of the greatest interpreters of American popular song. American music specialist Robert Wyatt explores highlights from her extraordinary life with clips from her movies and televion specials.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
North to Freedom: Harriet Tubman’s Eastern Shore
All-Day Tour

Harriett Tubman’s childhood knowledge of the geography of the Eastern Shore played an essential role as she ferried more than 70 people to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Uncover the saga of Tubman’s life as nurse, scout, and spy by exploring significant sites in the region where she was raised—and that shaped her dreams of freedom and equality.

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Modern First Ladies: Creating (and Re-Creating) an Identity

Andrew Och, author and producer of the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image,” looks at how a number of 20th- and 21st-century residents of the White House created identities that reflected their personal outlooks and the issues of their times, and complemented the goals and profile of their husbands’ presidencies.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
David Bowie Is: Celebrating an Artist of Startling Transformations

The life and work of David Bowie, one of rock’s most pioneering and influential performers, are the subject of an exhibition, David Bowie Is, which ends its world tour at the Brooklyn Museum in July. Matthew Yokobosky, senior curator of fashion and material culture at the Brooklyn Museum, discusses how the exhibition creates an immersive, visitor experience featuring Bowie’s art.

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Discovering Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet’s relatively short creative life produced enduring musical riches. Saul Lilienstein explores the many facets of Bizet’s genius, spanning his concert music, symphonic compositions, early works for the theater, and his operatic masterpiece, Carmen.

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Tesla: The Man, the Mystery, the Inventor of the Modern

Nikola Tesla invented the radio, the induction motor, the neon lamp, and the remote control. His brilliant but decidedly strange persona, however, prevented his most advanced ideas from being recognized for decades. Biographer Richard Munson shines a light on a magnificently bizarre genius.

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
America’s Authentic Revolutionaries: Jefferson, Paine, and Monroe

Historian John Ferling explores the careers and revolutionary passions of a trio of Founding Fathers who envisioned a new era of independence in which both America and France were swept free of ruling monarchies.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor

Fred Rogers, whose beloved television program invited children into his neighborhood for nearly four decades, is enjoying a resurgence in the cultural spotlight these days. Join Karen Struble Myers of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College to examine how a small-town childhood shaped his thoughtful children's programming.

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.