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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Love and Revolutionary Greetings: An Ohio Boy in the Spanish Civil War

The book - Love and Revolutionary Greetings: An Ohio Boy in the Spanish Civil War - is the story of Sam Levinger, a young man who went to Spain in 1937 to join the fight against fascism. His story is placed in the historical context of the 1930’s, when freedom everywhere was threatened by Franco, Hitler and Mussolini.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The Minister's War screening at Smith College

The documentary, The Minister's War, tells the story of a Unitarian minister, Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha who left Wellesley, Massachusetts to help save thousands being persecuted by the Nazis in Eastern Europe during World War II. Who were these American heroes? What drove their willingness to put the well-being of strangers over that of themselves and their family?

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Deranged Millionaire, John Hodgman

We welcome deranged millionaire, John Hodgman, back to The Roundtable and speak with him about his final book of complete world knowledge, That is All.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu October 18, 2012

The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands

Ulysses Grant rose from obscurity to discover he had a genius for battle, and he propelled the Union to victory in the Civil War. After Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the disastrous brief presidency of Andrew Johnson, America turned to Grant again to unite the country, this time as president.

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The Roundtable
10:45 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Historic Cherry Hill

On May 7th 1827 a notorious murder occurred at Cherry Hill in Albany, NY that resulted in two sensational trials and Albany’s last public hanging. Historic Cherry Hill will explore this event through a lecture, collection highlights and a dramatic tour Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities.

Education Director, Becky Watrous and Curator, Deborah Emmons-Andarawis join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Just Plain Dick by Kevin Mattson

It all started with some businessmen bankrolling Richard Nixon to become a "salesman against socialization." But in this precursor to current campaign finance scandals, Nixon had some explaining to do to keep his place on Eisenhower’s Republican ticket, so he took to the airwaves.

In making his speech, Nixon left behind lines about a "Republican cloth coat" and a black and white cocker spaniel named "Checkers." The speech saved and bolstered Nixon’s political career and set the tone for the 1952 campaign.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 12, 2012

After Mandela by Douglas Foster

The new book, After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa, provides a sobering portrait of a country caught between a democratic future and a political meltdown. Douglas Foster, a leading South Africa authority with early, unprecedented access to President Zuma and to the next generation in the Mandela family, traces the nation’s entire post-apartheid arc.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Unearthed at The Clark - Ancient China in Williamstown

Ox, Northern Qi dynasty (550–577 CE), tomb dated 570 CE, painted earthenware, unearthed 1979, tomb of Lou Rui (d. 570 CE), Wangguo Village, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, Shanxi Museum, Taiyuan
www.clarkart.edu

Over the last several decades, archaeological discoveries across northern China have brought to light unexpected works of historical significance and extraordinary beauty.

The exhibition Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China will be on view at The Clark in Williamstown, MA through October 21.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Strom Thurmond's America by Joseph Crespino

“Do not forget that ‘skill and integrity’ are the keys to success.” This was the last piece of advice on a list Will Thurmond gave his son Strom in 1923. The younger Thurmond would keep the words in mind throughout his long and colorful career as one of the South’s last race-baiting demagogues and as a a major figure in modern conservative politics.

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