Biography & Autobiography Programs
Alexander Hamilton: A Washington Presence
All-Day Tour

Alexander Hamilton always called New York home, but his image and influence is found all around Washington. Join local historian Kathleen Bashian and scholar Denver Brunsman on a tour of sites that reflect the vision and leadership of this Founding Father—well before he was reinvented as a Broadway musical phenomenon.

Date
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a 6-session series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings. This session focuses on Brahms' symphonic music.

Date
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a 6-session series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings. This session focuses on Brahms' additional symphonic music.

Date
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Conservative Legacy of William F. Buckley Jr.

The political philosophy—and personality—of William F. Buckley Jr. were significant forces in shaping a uniquely American conservatism that reached its apex of influence in the election of Ronald Reagan. Presidential historian Alvin Felzenberg considers what Buckley’s movement achieved and what may befall it in the age of Trump.

Date
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Savonarola: The Moral Dictator of Florence

How could a lowly Florentine preacher almost singlehandedly overthrow the mighty Medici family at the height of the Renaissance? Historian Janna Bianchini traces how the fiery Girolamo Savonarola upended the civic and cultural norms of a great city and installed himself as the head of a ruthless, ruling theocracy.

Date
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Caravaggio: Theater and Light

Art historian Nigel McGilchrist follows Caravaggio’s life and development as a painter, and traces his indelible influence on artists including Goya, Bernini, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Henry Stuart: The Best King England Never Had

Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales—once the great hope of early 17th-century Britain, educated to rule—died at the age of 18 and became all but forgotten. His biographer Sarah Fraser traces the political and religious turmoil that followed his death, and what was behind the suppression of his memory.

Date
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Join the Emmy Award–winning filmmaker, educator, literary scholar, journalist, and cultural critic as he adds another distinction to the list: recipient of Smithsonian Associates’ 17th annual Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award.

Date
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Grant Wood: Beyond American Gothic

A new exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art reveals Grant Wood as a complex, sophisticated artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art. Sarah Humphreville, senior curatorial assistant at the museum offers an overview of the exhibition and insights into lesser-known aspects of Wood’s life and career. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Perspectives on a Presidency

From 1953 to 1961 no one dominated the world stage as did President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Learn about Eisenhower’s enormous influence on modern America, the Cold War, and his extraordinary accomplishments, including ending the Korean War, avoiding a war in Vietnam, and soothing relations with the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death.

Date
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.