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  • Film, Video
    Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley Award-winning author Charlotte Gordon discussed her biography of Mary Shelley and her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, entitled "Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley." She then has a conversation with Washington Post columnist Michael Dirda. Gordon recently authored the introduction to the anniversary re-issue of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." This event was made possible through the support of the John Y. Cole...
    • Contributor: Gordon, Charlotte - Dirda, Michael
    • Date: 2018-10-25
  • Film, Video
    Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps Stephen J. Hornsby discussed pictorial maps -- those that include artwork of objects, animals, people and even imaginary creatures -- which have been around since medieval times. The tradition continued to the modern era, reaching its apex in the 1920s-1970s in the United States.
    • Contributor: Hornsby, Stephen J.
    • Date: 2017-05-24
  • Film, Video
    Brothers at Arms Larrie D. Ferreiro discussed his book, "Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It," in which he asserts that the American Revolution had little chance of being won by the American colonists, if it had not been for the assistance of French and Spanish soldiers, money and weapons.
    • Contributor: Ferreiro, Larrie D.
    • Date: 2017-04-11
  • Film, Video
    Fabriano: City of Medieval & Renaissance Papermaking Sylvia Rodgers Albro detailed technical advancements introduced in the Italian city of Fabriano, including machinery and equipment, use of watermarks and improvements in the physical processes of papermaking.
    • Contributor: Albro, Sylvia Rodgers
    • Date: 2017-03-07
  • Film, Video
    North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South Iconic images of the civil rights movement were largely photographed in the South. In a new volume of extraordinary photographs, historian Mark Speltz focuses on compelling civil rights images from north of the Mason-Dixon line, in places such as Philadelphia, Cleveland and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    • Contributor: Speltz, Mark
    • Date: 2017-02-22
  • Film, Video
    The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray & the Story of a Forgotten Era The story of Daniel Alexander Payne Murray and the rise and fall of America's black upper class during the latter quarter of the 19th Century is the subject of a new book by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, "The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era."
    • Contributor: Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling
    • Date: 2017-02-14
  • Film, Video
    Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's Capital John Richardson, who did much of his research at the Library of Congress, discussed his book, on Alexander Robey "Boss" Shepherd, the District of Columbia's powerful head of public works from 1871 until 1873 and D.C. governor in 1873 and 1874. Shepherd was a self-made man who accrued his fortune in the plumbing and gas-fitting trade, which inspired his fight to establish the city's...
    • Contributor: Richardson, John
    • Date: 2016-11-10
  • Film, Video
    Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist Amina Hassan discussed her new book, "Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist." Loren Miller was one of the nation's most prominent civil-rights attorneys from the 1940s through the early 1960s. He successfully fought discrimination in housing and education. Alongside Thurgood Marshall, Miller argued two landmark civil-rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, leading to decisions that effectively abolished racially restrictive housing covenants. The...
    • Contributor: Hassan, Amina
    • Date: 2016-07-20
  • Film, Video
    The Fight to Vote Michael Waldman discusses his new book, "The Fight to Vote," where he analyses a crucial American struggle: actions to define and defend government based on the consent of the governed. From the nation's earliest days, as Americans sought the right to vote, others have fought to stop them. Waldman examines the full story from the founders' debates to today's challenges.
    • Contributor: Waldman, Michael
    • Date: 2016-07-14
  • Film, Video
    Cartoons for Victory Writer and historian Warren Bernard discusses his new book, "Cartoons for Victory."
    • Contributor: Bernard, Warren
    • Date: 2016-07-13
  • Film, Video
    America's Political Dynasties: From Adams to Clinton Stephen Hess discusses his book on political dynasties in the United States. Beginning with John Adams, first U.S. vice president, Hess paints portraits of the men and women who have comprised this country's political elite. He includes the well-known dynasties of the Roosevelts and the Kennedys, as well as the little-known politicians.
    • Contributor: Hess, Stephen
    • Date: 2016-06-16
  • Film, Video
    Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of Bessie Margolin Marlene Trestman discussed her book "Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin."
    • Contributor: Trestman, Marlene
    • Date: 2016-06-08
  • Film, Video
    When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future Historian Abby Smith Rumsey, in her new book, "When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future," examines the history of memory from caves to computer chips. She also makes the point that each of us has a role to play in ensuring that we are remembered when we are no more.
    • Contributor: Rumsey, Abby Smith
    • Date: 2016-05-24
  • Film, Video
    Jacob Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half Bonnie Yochelson describes her book, "Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half: A Complete Catalog of His Photographs" and how Riis, a Danish-born immigrant to the United States who found his life's most important work in the slums of early 20th-century New York City, changed the course of history.
    • Contributor: Yochelson, Bonnie
    • Date: 2016-05-23
  • Film, Video
    First Dads: Parenting & Politcs from George Washington to Barack Obama Journalist and historian Joshua Kendall discussed his new book, "First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama."
    • Contributor: Kendall, Joshua
    • Date: 2016-05-17
  • Film, Video
    Mysteries of Madison's Notes of the Constitutional Convention Mary Sarah Bilder developed her case that James Madison revised the notes much more extensively than previously recognized in her new book, "Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention."
    • Contributor: Bilder, Mary Sarah
    • Date: 2016-05-03
  • Film, Video
    Disrupt Aging Jo Ann Jenkins discusses her book "Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life At Every Age," co-authored with Boe Workman.
    • Contributor: Jenkins, Jo Ann
    • Date: 2016-04-20
  • Film, Video
    Lewis Carroll in the Mirror of Surrealism Leonard Marcus presents a wide-ranging illustrated talk on how Lewis Carroll's "Alice" not only turned Victorian literature on its head but also inspired later generations of experimental artists and writers, from André Breton and Max Ernst to René Magritte and Leonora Carrington, to reimagine the world in arrestingly strange and provocative new ways.
    • Contributor: Marcus, Leonard
    • Date: 2016-04-15
  • Film, Video
    Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan Four of the most controversial directors of the Central Intelligence Agency -- Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby and Willian Casey -- are the subject of a new book by Douglas Waller, who did much of his research at the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Waller, Douglas
    • Date: 2016-03-07
  • Film, Video
    Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine The remarkable life of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, who spent his childhood in Jim Crow southern Georgia in the 1930s, became a physician, went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine and was appointed secretary of Health and Human Services, is recounted in his new book, "Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine".
    • Contributor: Sullivan, Louis W.
    • Date: 2016-02-24
  • Film, Video
    Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio & Freedom Award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams illuminates Durham's extraordinary career in her book "Word Warrior", which draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and such colleagues as Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison. She discussed and signed her book.
    • Contributor: Williams, Sonja D.
    • Date: 2016-02-03
  • Film, Video
    Mapping the West with Lewis & Clark Authors of s new book discuss the critical role that maps developed during the 1804-1806 expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark played in President Thomas Jefferson's vision of a formidable republic that would no longer be eclipsed by European empires.
    • Contributor: Viola, Herman J. - Ehrenberg, Ralph E.
    • Date: 2016-01-19
  • Film, Video
    Revolutions Without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World According to author Janet Polasky, "Nation-based histories cannot do justice to the rowdy, radical interchange of ideas around the Atlantic world during the tumultuous years from 1776 to 1804. National borders were powerless to restrict the flow of enticing new visions of human rights and universal freedom." She discusses her new book on the subject.
    • Contributor: Polasky, Janet
    • Date: 2015-12-09
  • Film, Video
    Underdog Politics: Understanding the House Minority Party In his discussion of his new book, Matthew N. Green disputes the belief that the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives is of little importance. Studying the record of the House minority party from 1970 to the present and using other quantitative and qualitative data, Green shows the House minority party's influence on legislative and political outcomes and demonstrates that the party's...
    • Contributor: Green, Matthew N.
    • Date: 2015-12-02
  • Film, Video
    Roosevelt's Second Act: The Election of 1940 & the Politics of War Richard Moe discussed his book, "Roosevelt's Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War," focusing on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's decision to run a third time, a decision that was far from inevitable.
    • Contributor: Moe, Richard
    • Date: 2015-11-05