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    2016 Election Review

    Pollsters, reporters, and political scholars anazlyed the 2016 campaign and presidential election results. Other topics discussed included voter turnout and demographics, public polling,…

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    Slave and Revolutionary War Spy James Lafayette

    Katherine Egner Gruber talked about slave and Revolutionary War spy James Lafayette. Working for French General Marquis de Lafayette, enslaved volunteer James Lafayette posed as an escaped…

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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Dave Jackson talked about Washington, D.C.'s historic Oak Hill Cemetery. Located in the capital’s Georgetown neighborhood, the cemetery serves as the final resting place for many politicians and…

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    Assassination of President James Garfield

    Professor Ralph Nurnberger talked about the stories behind and the historical impact of the assassination of President James Garfield. President Garfield had hoped to challenge pockets of…

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    Myth of the Lost Cause

    Edward Bonekemper talked about his book The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, in which he examines post-war arguments made by former…

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    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington, D.C.

    Pamela Scott talked about her book Capital Engineers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Development of Washington, D.C., 1790-2004, in which she looks at the role of the Army Corps of…

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    Space Exploration

    James Green outlined the future of the NASA’s space exploration. NASA planned to send humans to Mars by 2030 and was mapping the planet using a robotic rover on Mars named Curiosity.

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    The U.S. Navy

    Craig Symonds talked about his book The U.S. Navy: A Concise History, in which he provides a history of the U.S. Navy, from its inception during the Revolutionary War to its current…

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    Washington

    Tom Lewis talked about his book Washington: A History of Our National City, in which he provides a history of Washington, D.C., from George Washington’s decision on the ten-mile site as the…

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    Civil War Espionage

    Clayton Laurie talked about how, during the Civil War, both sides used new intelligence techniques that influenced the outcomes of key battles. This event was hosted by the Smithsonian…

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    Sex and KGB Spies in the 1970s

    Jonna Mendez talked about how Czech husband and wife KGB spies Karl and Hana Koecher used sex to infiltrate the CIA and gather top-secret information. Ms. Mendez said that one popular Washington, D.C.,…

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    U.S.-Cuba Diplomatic Relations

    Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrande, co-authors of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana, talked about the history of diplomatic relations…

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    History of Space Stations

    Don Thomas talked about the history of space stations, comparing the development of Russian and American programs since the early 1950s. He also looked at the future of international space…

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    Sherman's March to the Sea

    Jeff Shaara talked about the key actions and decisions of the commanders on both sides of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea, including Grant, Sherman, Johnston,…

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    Assassination of President McKinley

    Professor Ralph Nurnberger talked about President William McKinley’s foreign policy while in office and the events leading up to his assassination. Professor Nurnberger described McKinley’s…

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    Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    Ralph Nurnberger talked about the events of November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, when President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed while riding in his motorcade. Professor Nurnberger also spoke…

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    Lincoln Assassination Conspirators

    Professor Ralph Nurnberger talked about John Wilkes Booth and the small group of conspirators who planned to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln, but decided instead on a plan to assassinate…

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    Codename Cynthia

    Natalie Zanin talked about Amy Thorpe Pack, the American-born wife of an English diplomat who became a spy for British intelligence. Ms. Zanin said that Ms. Pack, codenamed “Cynthia,”…

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    Birth of Washington, D.C.

    Kenneth Bowling talked about how Washington, D.C., became the Capital of the United States. He spoke about how the location was chosen, the figures that shaped the city’s creation, and the plan…

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    Pierre L'Enfant and Washington, D.C.

    Scott Berg talked about Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the French architect who designed Washington, D.C. Professor Berg spoke about L’Enfant’s relationship with President George Washington, who…

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