The Week in the DMV – 7/12/15

Literary Event: Transformations

July 12th.  Kim Todd, author of Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis, presents a lecture on Maria Sibylla Merian’s 1699 trip to Suriname, looking at the ways her research there shaped her art and understanding of the natural world. Book sale and signing to follow.

6th Annual Government Contractor’s Summer Soiree

July 14th.  Meet with over 200 professionals in government contracting, including US Federal Government Agencies – DHS (Dpt of Homeland Security) and OPM (Office of Personnel Management) and more.

Melvin Laird and the Foundation of the Post-Vietnam Military, 1969 – 1973

July 14th.  Erin Mahan, chief historian of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, moderates a discussion on the contributions of former Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird (1969–73) during the Vietnam War. The panel features author Richard A. Hunt and others. Presented in partnership with the Historical Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Gallery Talk: Vanessa Bell

July 15th.  Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center Heather Slania discusses selections from the special exhibition, Vanessa Bell’s Hogarth Press Designs.

Author Debriefing: The Billion Dollar Spy

July 15th.  While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States. From David Hoffman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dead Hand, comes the riveting story of the CIA’s most valuable spy in the Soviet Union and an evocative portrait of the agency’s Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War. Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA, as well as interviews with participants, Hoffman will reveal how the depredations of the Soviet state motivated one man to master the craft of spying against his own nation until he was betrayed to the KGB by a disgruntled former CIA trainee. No one has ever told this story before in such detail, and Hoffman’s deep knowledge of spycraft, the Cold War, and military technology makes him uniquely qualified to bring to the International Spy Museum this real life espionage thriller.

Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe

July 15th.  After Germany’s defeat in World War II, the victorious Allies faced the daunting task of negotiating a lasting peace. On July 17, 1945, Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin gathered in a quiet suburb of Berlin to discuss, as Churchill put it, “the gravest matters in the world.” Award-winning historian Michael Neiberg vividly captures the delegates’ personalities and discusses their dramatic debates over how to end the war. A book signing will follow the program.

Writers and Scholars Roundtable on Civil Rights

July 16th.  Join us for a dynamic discussion with revealing personal accounts from four giants of the historical canon as they explore some of the critical and little known events of the Civil Rights Era. With Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Gilbert King (Devil In the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America), Diane McWhorter (Carry Me Home), Taylor Branch (Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63) and Clarence Jones, noted civil rights activist, personal counsel and adviser to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program will be moderated by NPR host and special correspondent Michele Norris-Johnson. A book signing will follow the program.

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