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Biography & Autobiography Programs
The Rise of Genghis Khan: Forging the Mongol World Empire

Historian Michael Chang of George Mason University examines the path that transformed an ambitious warrior named Temujiin into Genghis Khan, a forward-thinking, politically savvy ruler of a the largest contiguous land empire in history.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
John F. Kennedy: 1,000 Days in Office
The Making of an Iconic Presidency

Ken Walsh, chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, considers JFK’s 1,000 days in office, his legacy, and whether any president could ever again attain his mystique.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
A Mingle With Marlene

Sip a cocktail in the presence of a Hollywood icon (in photos and film clips that is) during an evening in the stylish spirit of the Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image. In an after-hours gathering, historian and exhibit curator Kate Lemay discusses the star’s career and her trademark glamour, as well the making of the retrospective.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Monarchs for the Ages: Elizabeth I and Victoria

Between them, Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria ruled England for more than a century and their names define two historically and culturally significant eras. Sabrina Baron, an assistant research professor in the department of history at the University of Maryland, illuminates the lives and legacies of these two extraordinary women.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
James Stewart: The Many Faces of a Prolific Actor

He peered through a rear window for Hitchcock, took a midnight swim with Hepburn, filibustered the Senate, and saved Bedford Falls. James Stewart was a versatile and meticulous actor whose dramatic range and emotional vulnerability were unmatched by his contemporaries in Hollywood’s big-studio heyday. Stewart biographer Donald Dewey offers a portrait of his rich—and yes, wonderful—life.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Reflections on an Extraordinary Life and Career

Bill Keene, a lecturer in architecture and urban studies, examines the personal and public Frank Lloyd Wright, whose life encompassed acclaim and triumph as well as scandal and tragedy—and the creation of some of the most influential buildings of the 20th century. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Andrew Wyeth: An Appreciation at 100

Andrew Wyeth’s vision of the landscape and the people of rural Pennsylvania and costal Maine has a stark, deeply emotional beauty that has made his paintings among the most iconic of the 20th century. Art historian Bonita Billman highlights works from his extraordinary output, placing them in the context of his career and his life (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Kennedy and King

Drawing on his new book, journalist and author Steven Levingston traces the emergence of two of the 20th century's greatest leaders and their powerful impact on each other and the shape of the Civil Rights movement during its tumultuous early years.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.