History Repeating . . .

History Repeating . . .

If You Build It, He Will Come

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 11:50am-1:15pm

Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center

In Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella,William Steele explores the life of the author whose book Shoeless Joe became the hit film Field of Dreams, now celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Breaking Glass Ceilings with Silver Screen Women

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 12:00pm-1:15pm

Johnson Center, 3rd Fl, Meeting Rm G

Film critic Elizabeth Weitzman’s book Renegade Women in Film & TV highlights the great female pioneers in the industry including Alice Guy-Blaché and contemporary icons like Barbra Streisand and Amy Poehler.

American Bard: Walt Whitman, Himself

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 2:15pm-3:40pm

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Andrew Lawler’s The Secret Token unravels an unsolved mystery that’s baffled historians for 400 years—The Lost Colony of Roanoke. He discusses this historical riddle, and offers understanding on why it still haunts our national consciousness. Sponsored by Kings Park Friends

Unsung Heroes and Untold Stories of World War II

Thursday, Oct.10th, 7:00pm-8:15pm Pohick Regional Library

Peter Finn and Michael Dobbs explore WWII through unique and intimate perspectives. Finn’s A Guest of the Reich details the story of a female American spy captured by the Germans. In The Unwanted, Dobbs tells the story of one European village whose people sought refuge in America.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library and Friends of the Richard Byrd Library.

Vietnam in Words & Memories: John Mason Shares His Story

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 7:30pm-8:45pm

Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim

What challenges did an American railroad adviser face during the Vietnam War? Using personal documents, former City of Fairfax mayor and retired Colonel John Mason conducts us through it all in Riding the Rails in Vietnam: 1965.

Slavery, Freedom Seekers, & Heroes

Friday, Oct. 11th, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Jenny Masur of Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, D.C., and Char McCargo Bah of Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy Freedom, discuss the history of local slavery and the heroes who acted as freedom seekers.

The Age of Neoliberal Apartheid

Friday, Oct. 11th, 1:30pm-2:45pm

Research Hall, Room 163

Andy Clarno’s book Neoliberal Apartheid: Palestine/Israel and South Africa after 1994, analyzes political-economic transformations of these countries through a critique of settler colonialism and racial capitalism.

Uncovering the Real Lolita

Saturday, October 12th, 10:30am-11:45am

Merten Hall, Room 1201

Join Art Taylor in conversation with Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita: A Lost Girl, An Unthinkable Crime, and a Scandalous Masterpiece as they discuss the crime that inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write Lolita.

A League to Bring their Husbands Home

Saturday, Oct. 12th, 1:00pm-2:15pm

Merten Hall, Room 1201

When U.S. POWs returned from Vietnam, they learned their wives rescued them. In The League of Wives, Heath Hardage Lee gives a voice to the women who took on the government and the military to free their husbands.

One Giant Leap For Mankind

Saturday, Oct. 12th, 3:30pm-4:45pm

Merten Hall, Room 1201

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with James Donovan’s Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11, a gripping, behind-the-scenes account.

Killers of the Flower Moon: David Grann on Murder and the FBI

Saturday, Oct. 12th, 5:00pm-6:15pm

Harris Theater, George Mason University

In Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann dives into the cold-blooded murders of the Osage Indian nation in the 1920s, the disastrous FBI investigation, and the exposure of one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. Currently in film production with Martin Scorcese as director and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Sponsored by the George Mason Friends