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"The Chinese Question": Gold Rushes and Global Politics of Exclusion

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Historian and author Mae Ngai narrates the story of the thousands of Chinese who left their homeland in the mid-19th-century in pursuit of gold, and how they formed communities and organizations to help navigate their perilous new world. But they later found themselves excluded from immigration and citizenship.


I Do Solemnly Swear: A History of Supreme Court Nominations

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Join historian Christopher Brooks as he surveys the history of the Supreme Court, its nominations process, and the politics that have played a role in shaping the Court into what we see today.


Back from the Brink: Lessons from Wildlife Species Defying Extinction

Monday, February 27, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Against the bleak backdrop of wildlife species moving toward extinction, there are also glimmers of hope and lessons to be learned from animals that have defied these global trends. Christopher J. Preston, author of Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think About Animals, reveals the mysteries and challenges at the heart of these resurgences.


1966: Black Power Challenges the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Journalist and author Mark Whitaker examines the dramatic events of 1966, in which a new sense of Black identity expressed in the slogan “Black Power” challenged the nonviolent civil rights philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. He also discusses why the lessons from 1966 still resonate today.


Cuban History: Cycles of Hopes and Heartaches

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

From the wars for independence through the revolution and beyond, Cubans have often felt on the verge of fulfilling their nation’s destiny, only to find their hopes were misplaced or betrayed. Historian Michael J. Bustamante charts these ups and downs from 19th-century Cuba to the present, as well as the ways its citizens have experienced what has been termed cycles of “desire and disenchantment” in their lifetimes.


American Women and the Fight for Equality

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

After what Susan B. Anthony called “the long, hard fight,” the Nineteenth Amendment enfranchising 26 million white and Black women, was added to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. Join author Elisabeth Griffith as she focuses on a diverse cast of characters, some notable, many unknown, as she highlights how the diversity of the women’s movement mirrors America.


Edith Wilson: The First (Unelected) Woman President

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

While this nation has yet to elect its first woman president, just over a century ago Edith Bolling Galt Wilson effectively acted as one when her husband Woodrow Wilson was incapacitated. Rebecca Boggs Roberts, a leading historian on women’s suffrage and power, examines the complicated figure whose personal quest for influence reshaped the position of first lady into one of lasting political prominence.


How the Internet Changed the Media

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, examines the many ways the internet has radically transformed the “old” media of newspapers, magazines, the recording industry, film, radio, and television. He traces how this digital revolution took place in such a short period of time, and what lies ahead in the continually changing era of “new” media.


Magna Carta: A Blueprint for Democracy

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Learn the fascinating story of how a failed 13th-century peace treaty between King John of England and his barons became a foundational cornerstone of citizens’ rights in this country with law professor, Thomas J. McSweeney.


An Enemy of the People? Niccolò Machiavelli in Context

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Author Ross King reveals why Florentine statesman Niccolò Machiavelli’s writings are more sophisticated than even the most Machiavellian passages of The Prince would seem to suggest. King offers a portrait of a perceptive writer who is far from being an enemy of the human race, and whose lessons on leadership, liberty, virtue, and good government are worth re-examining today.


Shedding Light on Plato's Republic

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

For many people, tackling The Republic feels daunting. That’s why Georgetown professor Joseph Hartman is offering this illuminating four-session book discussion. Highlighted are some of the central themes, questions as relevant today as they were in 4th-century Athens.


The Changing Face of Television: YouTube, Bingeing, Streaming, and Beyond

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Television is changing in front of our eyes. More and more viewers prefer to watch new online-only channels like Netflix or Disney+. An entire generation of younger viewers has given up on the TV set altogether. Drawing on video clips to illustrate his talk, media expert Brian Rose explains why the old days of simply “watching TV” are fast disappearing.


The Supreme Court’s Role in Our Constitutional Democracy

Monday, April 24, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Recent years have seen increasing controversy around the Supreme Court—contentious appointments, divisive opinions, and even leaks from inside. Kermit Roosevelt, a constitutional law professor, former Supreme Court clerk, and member of President Biden’s Supreme Court Reform Commission, assesses the court’s role in our democratic system, the forces driving the recent controversies, and what, if anything, we can do to make things better.


Moviegoing in America: From Nickelodeons to Movie Palaces to IMAX to Streaming

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

The silver screen has changed drastically since its beginnings in the 19th century. Media expert Brian Rose looks at the history of movie theaters and considers what might happen next in the age of streaming services. BYOP—bring your own popcorn!