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Connie Britton: Actress as Advocate
Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns: A Study in Influences at the VMFA
Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration


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There Goes the Sun: A Total-Solar-Eclipse Countdown
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM
An Ancient Philosopher’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism
Alexander Jones of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University shares some the long-held secrets of one of the most intriguing archeological finds ever made: a sophisticated astronomical guide from around 200 B.C.
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Music specialist Robert Wyatt raises the curtain on a lively evening that examines and celebrates Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mix of showmanship and superb craft, filled with clips and recordings that cover the full range of his career from his earliest hits to his most recent works.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The American Civil War and the World
Far from being a domestic conflict, the Civil War was closely watched by other countries. Paul Quigley, director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, explores international perspectives on the war, ranging from ideological affinities to economic calculations to strategic considerations.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:45 PM
A Rock Creek Park Tour
All-Day Tour
Celebrate the beauty of spring on a daylong guided visit to DC’s beloved urban oasis, Rock Creek Park, with local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley and other experts on the park and its history.
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 9:30 AM
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