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Germany’s Path From Despotism to Democracy

Historian Charles Ingrao traces the influences and leaders that shaped Germany’s governmental evolution from the 18th century, in which authoritarianism co-existed with Enlightenment-era values, through the dictatorships and totalitarianism that gave way to today’s model democracy.

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Monday, June 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
What Diplomats Know: An Insider’s Look at a Unique Profession

In this 2-part lectures series, Nicholas Kralev, executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, examines the wide range of specialized knowledge and skills that diplomats—both seasoned and new—must call on in their daily lives. This session focuses on U.S. diplomacy overseas.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Making Sense of Climate Change

Bolster your understanding of the science behind global warming and climate change as Bert Drake, an emeritus scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, offers a three-part primer that examines the history, effects, and potential responses to these growing challenges. This session focuses on the history and science of global warming.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 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.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
What Diplomats Know: An Insider’s Look at a Unique Profession

In this 2-part lectures series, Nicholas Kralev, executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, examines the wide range of specialized knowledge and skills that diplomats—both seasoned and new—must call on in their daily lives. This session focuses on foreign diplomacy in the U.S.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Secrets and Survival in the Mideast: A Former CIA Agent Shares Her Story

For undercover CIA officer Michele Rigby Assad, the dangers and difficulties she faced during a decade working in the Middle East were intensified by an important fact: She was a female leader secreted within the patriarchal Arab culture. Assad reveals how she transformed the factors stacked against her into strategic advantages.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech: A Conversation with Melissa Chiu and Franklin Foer

Franklin Foer, national correspondent at The Atlantic, sits down with Melissa Chiu, director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, for a discussion about the vexing issues posed by the growing power of “Big Technology.” Together they explore the tension between technology and privacy with which everyone who has a digital life has to deal.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Making Sense of Climate Change

Bolster your understanding of the science behind global warming and climate change as Bert Drake, an emeritus scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, offers a three-part primer that examines the history, effects, and potential responses to these growing challenges. This session focuses on climate change effects.

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Monday, July 30, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Inside the World of Diplomacy

Take a rare opportunity to hear first-person stories from men and women whose careers are spent in diplomatic Washington when you spend a day at the American Foreign Service Association and the U.S. Department of State.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Making Sense of Climate Change

Bolster your understanding of the science behind global warming and climate change as Bert Drake, an emeritus scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, offers a three-part primer that examines the history, effects, and potential responses to these growing challenges. This session focuses on climate change challenges.

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Blueprints of Empire: Ancient Rome and America

Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes, and historian and classicist John Prevas examine the connection between the final stages of the Roman Empire and the United States as a contemporary world power. Though an analysis of political and moral leadership, they compare these two versions of empire, their similarities and differences, and speculate on what that link holds for America’s future.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term

Spend a morning getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court—including the courtroom where cases are argued. Then, a panel of top legal experts previews the issues that will come before the court when the new session begins in October.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.