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Nathaniel Philbrick- "Valiant Ambition"
Jun
5
2:00 PM14:00

Nathaniel Philbrick- "Valiant Ambition"

National Book Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathaniel Philbrick will talk to WAMC's Joe Donahue about his new book - VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution -  a surprising account of the middle years of the Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.  A portion of this afternoon's event will be recorded for later rebroadcast.

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James West Davidson - "a little history of the united states"
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

James West Davidson - "a little history of the united states"

Beginning with first contact between the eastern and western halves of the world, A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES goes on to share a 500-year story of exploration and conquest, colonies and empires, rebellion and revolution, civil war and civil rights, up through the rise of a superpower in a complex globalized world with diminishing resources.

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Rinker Buck - "The Oregon Trail: a New American Journey""
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Rinker Buck - "The Oregon Trail: a New American Journey""

Rinker Buck discusses his New York Times Best Selling book, an epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century—which also chronicles the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.

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Annie Cohen-Solal - "Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel"
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Annie Cohen-Solal - "Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel"

Cohen-Solal’s fascinating biography, based on considerable archival research, tells the unlikely story of how a young immigrant from Dvinsk became a crucial transforming agent of the art world—one whose legacy prevails to this day.

Mark Rothko, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in 1903. He immigrated to the United States at age ten, taking with him his Talmudic education and his memories of pogroms and persecutions in Russia. His integration into American society began with a series of painful experiences, especially as a student at Yale, where he felt marginalized for his origins and ultimately left the school. The decision to become an artist led him to a new phase in his life. Early in his career, Annie Cohen-Solal writes, “he became a major player in the social struggle of American artists, and his own metamorphosis benefited from the unique transformation of the U.S. art world during this time.” Within a few decades, he had forged his definitive artistic signature, and most critics hailed him as a pioneer. The numerous museum shows that followed in major U.S. and European institutions ensured his celebrity. But this was not enough for 

Rothko, who continued to innovate. Ever faithful to his habit of confronting the establishment, he devoted the last decade of his life to cultivating his new conception of art as an experience, thanks to the commission of a radical project, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.

“. . . Cohen-Solal subtly demonstrates the link between Rothko’s three outsider statuses (artist, immigrant, and Jew), his color-block canvases, and his essential Americanness.”—New Yorker

Annie Cohen-Solal is an academic and a cultural historian. Born in Algiers, she received her Ph.D. degree from the Sorbonne. Her books include the acclaimed Sartre: A Life and Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli, winner of the ArtCurial Prize. She has served as cultural counselor to the French Embassy in the United States.

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