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Cecile Richards Makes Trouble: A Conversation on Leadership

Cecile Richards—former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade (and daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards)—drawing on her career as an activist and advocate for women’s rights and social justice, discusses the process of learning how to lead and make change. NPR’s Michel Martin leads the conversation.

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Monday, May 21, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
U.S.–China Relations: Looking Ahead

A panel moderated by Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, examines a relationship between nations that has transitioned from an era of engagement to one of mutual suspicion and testing as they vie to shape global practices to suit contrasting social and political systems.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Germany’s Path From Despotism to Democracy

Historian Charles Ingrao traces the influences and leaders that shaped Germany’s governmental evolution from the 18th century, in which authoritarianism co-existed with Enlightenment-era values, through the dictatorships and totalitarianism that gave way to today’s model democracy.

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Monday, June 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
What Diplomats Know: An Insider’s Look at a Unique Profession

In this 2-part lectures series, Nicholas Kralev, executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, examines the wide range of specialized knowledge and skills that diplomats—both seasoned and new—must call on in their daily lives. This session focuses on U.S. diplomacy overseas.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Making Sense of Climate Change

Bolster your understanding of the science behind global warming and climate change as Bert Drake, an emeritus scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, offers a three-part primer that examines the history, effects, and potential responses to these growing challenges.

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Monday, July 16, July 30, and August 13, 2018 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Modern First Ladies: Creating (and Re-Creating) an Identity

Andrew Och, author and producer of the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image,” looks at how a number of 20th- and 21st-century residents of the White House created identities that reflected their personal outlooks and the issues of their times, and complemented the goals and profile of their husbands’ presidencies.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
What Diplomats Know: An Insider’s Look at a Unique Profession

In this 2-part lectures series, Nicholas Kralev, executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, examines the wide range of specialized knowledge and skills that diplomats—both seasoned and new—must call on in their daily lives. This session focuses on foreign diplomacy in the U.S.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Secrets and Survival in the Mideast: A Former CIA Agent Shares Her Story

For undercover CIA officer Michele Rigby Assad, the dangers and difficulties she faced during a decade working in the Middle East were intensified by an important fact: She was a female leader secreted within the patriarchal Arab culture. Assad reveals how she transformed the factors stacked against her into strategic advantages.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech: A Conversation with Melissa Chiu and Franklin Foer

Franklin Foer, national correspondent at The Atlantic, sits down with Melissa Chiu, director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, for a discussion about the vexing issues posed by the growing power of “Big Technology.” Together they explore the tension between technology and privacy with which everyone who has a digital life has to deal.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Inside the World of Diplomacy

Take a rare opportunity to hear first-person stories from men and women whose careers are spent in diplomatic Washington when you spend a day at the American Foreign Service Association and the U.S. Department of State.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.