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Biography & Autobiography Programs
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.
Stengel and Durocher: Home Runs and Spitballs

Midcentury baseball was dominated by a pair of brilliant managers whose contrasting styles and personalities made them natural adversaries. Biographers Paul Dickson and Marty Appel join veteran sportscaster Phil Hochberg for a colorful conversation about the good guy/bad guy dynamics between Casey Stengel and Leo Durocher.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Patrick Henry: The Forgotten Founding Father

Though he was enormously influential in his time, Patrick Henry’s accomplishments—other than his one great line “Give me liberty or give me death”—were subsequently all but forgotten. Historian Jon Kukla, author of a new biography of Henry, discusses why he finds that obscurity is less then deserved, and why his contributions to the nation’s early years merit more attention.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Luciano Pavarotti: King of the High C’s

Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (1935–2007) was a global superstar who expanded the musical genre’s audience to include millions of people who had never set foot in an opera house. On the tenth anniversary of Pavarotti’s death, opera expert Fred Plotkin provides an intimate portrait of the great Italian tenor.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Mary, Queen of Scots: Villain or Victim?

On Feb. 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was executed for treason on the orders of her English cousin, Elizabeth I. It was a tragic end to a turbulent life. Historian Jennifer Paxton explores Mary’s life for an answer to one of history’s enduring questions: Was the queen a martyr or a failed conspirator? 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.