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What Makes Mrs. Maisel So Marvelous?

Amazon Prime's “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” moved its star Rachel Brosnahan—and her picture-perfect wardrobe—into the center of the pop-culture spotlight. Stef Woods of American University explores the show’s complex character relationships and how it portrays the shifting social outlook of the 1950s as reflected through Midge’s transformation from jilted spouse to aspiring comedy-biz pro.

Date of event
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

A Conversation with Katie Couric

In an evening that honors Katie Couric for using her voice to encourage important discussions about issues that touch American lives, she talks about topics including her career, her collaborations in new media, and how the issues and causes for which she advocates connect to her role as a journalist.

Date of event
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Lidia Bastianich: An Italian Classic

Join beloved chef Lidia Bastianich for a lively conversation about her close-knit family, her professional ascent, and the dedication and passion for food that led to multiple restaurants, many best-selling cookbooks, and 20 years on public television.

Date of event
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

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 special evening discusses the book and 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.

Bryan and Michael Voltaggio on the Flavors of the Chesapeake

Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio recently launch their third restaurant together, named Estuary in the spirit of the Chesapeake Bay. Join them as the brothers discuss their journey from their hometown of Frederick, Maryland, to “Top Chef” fame, how they created the menu at Estuary, and what it’s like to cook with family.

Date of event
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.