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Connie Britton: Actress as Advocate
Understanding Religion: Four Perspectives on Faith
4-Session Evening Course
Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration


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The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Gary Gibbons, Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Connie Britton: Actress as Advocate
She’s created attention-getting characters on “Friday Night Lights” and “Nashville,” but Connie Britton plays an equally notable role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. In a conversation with NPR’s Linda Holmes, she discusses her television experiences and her work as an advocate for poverty eradication and women’s empowerment.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Civil War Battles at Kelly's Ford and Bristoe Station
All-Day Tour
Spend a day visiting several important battle sites in Virginia, led by Civil War historians Gregg Clemmer and Ed Bearss. Begin at Kelly’s Ford, site of one of the early major cavalry fights in the state, then follow routes traveled by Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Meade's Army of the Potomac in the October 1863 campaign.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 7:45 AM
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
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