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  • Orchard House and Louisa May Alcott
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    Orchard House and Louisa May Alcott

    Executive Director Jan Turnquist gave a tour of Orchard House, providing a glimpse into the Alcott family’s life in Concord, Massachusetts. Purchased by Amos Bronson Alcott in 1857, Orchard House became the home…

  • Thoreaus Walden Pond
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    Thoreau's Walden Pond

    Concord Museum curator David Wood visited Walden Pond to recount Henry David Thoreau’s time there and the lasting impact of his book. For two years, beginning in 1845, writer and transcendentalist Henry…

  • Old Manse and Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Old Manse and Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Old Manse Senior Curator Christie Jackson talked about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s time in the home as well as other writers, such as Henry David Thoreau, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller, who spent time…

  • Study of Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Study of Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Curator David Wood described the original items located in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study and Emerson’s life and career in Concord, Massachusetts. Writer and Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson died in 1882…

  • emErnest Hemingwayem
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    Ernest Hemingway

    Mary Dearborn talked about her book, Ernest Hemingway, A Biography, with Bill Kurtis, founder and executive producer of Kurtis Productions. This event was part of the Chicago Tribune…

  • Second Bank Portrait Gallery
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    Second Bank Portrait Gallery

    Karie Diethorn gave a tour of the portrait gallery of the Second Bank of the United States and showed a selection of works by Charles Willson Peale. Located between the Museum of the…

  • Michael Witmore on Shakespeares Legacy
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    Michael Witmore on Shakespeare's Legacy

    Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, offered his thoughts on the continued legacy of William Shakespeare four hundred years after his death.

  • Unbound Book Festival Panel Examines Life of James Baldwin
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    Panel Discussion on James Baldwin

    Panelists talked about the life and work of author James Baldwin. They spoke at the Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri.

  • AfricanAmerican Poet Phillis Wheatley
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    African-American Poet Phillis Wheatley

    English professor Barbara Lewis talked about the time in which poet Phillis Wheatley lived. She spoke about Boston’s treatment of slaves and Phillis Wheatley’s standing in her master’s household.…

  • emWriter Sailor Solider Spyem
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    Writer, Sailor, Solider, Spy

    Nicholas Reynolds talked about his book Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 , in which he recalls novelist Ernest Hemingway’s connections to the…

  • Hearing Focuses on Theft in Antiquities Trade to Fund Terrorism
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    Art Trade Theft and Fraud

    Federal customs and financial crimes officials were among the witnesses at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on efforts to combat the illicit art and antiquities trade. They…

  • Ken Kesey Collection
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    Ken Kesey Collection

    The Ken Kesey Collection at the University of Oregon’s Library Archives and Special Collections was profiled. The collection explores the life of American novelist and counterculture figure Ken Kesey.…

  • Misty Copeland Discusses Ballet and Body Image
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    Ballet and Body Image

    Misty Copeland, the first African America principle dancer in the history of the American Ballet Theatre, talked about her life and new book, Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a…

  • William Faulkner Collection
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    William Faulkner Collection

    Molly Schwartzburg showed items from the William Faulkner Collection at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Mr. Faulkner was the university’s first…

  • Former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove
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    Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove

    Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove talked about her career as a writer and why she believes the arts are important. Ms. Dove served as poet laureate from 1993 to 1995. She is also recipient of numerous…

  • Discussion Focuses on Shakespeare and the Rules of War
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    Shakespeare and Rules of War

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and theater director Liesl Tommy were among the panelists at a discussion on the role of the rules of war in the Shakespearean canon and what modern lessons on war…

  • Overview of Civil War Monuments
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    Overview of Civil War Monuments

    Thomas Brown talked about the history of monuments to the common soldier. He is the author of The Public Art of Civil War Commemoration: A Brief History with Documents and Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in…

  • QA with Thomas Sowell
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    Q&A with Thomas Sowell

    Thomas Sowell, who recently ended the syndicated column that he had for 25 years, talked about his life and career. He also talked about his love of photography, which he has been engaged…

  • Nato Thompson Discusses emCulture as a Weaponem
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    Culture as a Weapon

    Nato Thompson talked about his book Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life, in which examines how business and government use art to influence. He spoke with art critic…

  • Sandra Cisneros Discusses emA House of My Ownem
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    A House of My Own

    Sandra Cisneros, author of A House of My Own: Stories from My Life, delivered a talk after receiving the Fairfax Prize, which is awarded annually during the Fall for the Book festival in…

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