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George F. Will Speaks His Mind
Tuesday, September 21 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist George F. Will
casts a careful eye on what defines the American experience
as he explores an array of topics including drug policy and
the criminal justice system; the First Amendment;
meritocracy and education; Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, and
The Beach Boys; and, yes, the morality of enjoying
Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme
Court and Politics
In-Person Program (Streaming option below) Monday, October 4 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. ET
In-person Program Option: In response to growing criticism that the
Supreme Court has become too political, Stephen Breyer,
a Supreme Court justice, asserts that the judiciary’s
hard-won authority could be marred by reforms premised on
the assumption of ideological bias. He argues for a way to
promote better understandings of how the judiciary actually
Saturday, October 23 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET
A stunning contemporary setting, the unique
vision of its founding collector, and galleries that house
a dazzling array of modern and post-impressionist paintings
are among the many reasons that make the Barnes Foundation
Philadelphia a one-of a kind magnet for art lovers. Join
art historian Ursula
Wolfman to experience it in person during a
memorable one-day visit. (World Art History
Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Flying into a War Zone: Pan Am
Stewardesses in Vietnam
Part of the Smithsonian American Women's
Thursday, October 28 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Serving as crew members on flights bringing
servicemen into and out of combat zones at the height of
the Vietnam War was a career adventure that the young women
who became stewardesses at Pan Am World Airways in the
1960s and 70s could never have imagined. Drawing on her new
Fly the World, Julia Cooke
discusses their often-overlooked wartime stories and
examines why the role of Jet Age stewardess carried far
more professional weight than simply being a flying
James Watson and Francis Crick’s 1953
discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is the
foundation of virtually every advance in our modern
understanding of genetics and molecular biology. But the
discovery of DNA’s structure is the story of five towering
minds: Watson, Crick, Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins,
and Linus Pauling. Howard
Markel, professor of the history of
medicine, provides a fascinating look at the discovery of
DNA’s double helix.
A wall in
Belfast—called the Peace Line—separates Protestant and Catholic
neighborhoods from each other
Ireland and Britain: 800 Years of
Saturday, November 6 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ireland and Britain share a troubled past.
Paxton untangles the complicated threads in
the story of the Irish and British peoples and analyzes how
a heritage of conflict is being transformed by new opportunities
and new challenges.
Warren’s political outlook is grounded in
the experiences of growing up in Oklahoma. She shares those
valuable life lessons with the next generation of
leaders—especially young girls—in her newest book, Pinkie Promises.
Join Warren as she shares the inspiration behind the book,
the meaning of “pinkie promises,” and what girls can
achieve, even when told they cannot.
Great Mud Mosque, Djenné, Mali (Photo: Ruud Zwart)
Earthen Architecture of Africa: Of
Buildings and Belief
Friday, November 19 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Kevin Tervala, associate curator of African art at the
Baltimore Museum of Art, explores the monumental and
aesthetically innovative structures made from mud and
earthen material built across the African continent—and
how they communicated fundamental social, cultural, and
religious beliefs. (World
Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)