History & Heritage Lecture Series
The History & Heritage series takes us back in time to our nation’s roots enabling us to better understand significant historical events as well as the lives of men and women in different times and places. This series also explores world events and people that have shaped our destiny.
|General Admission||$35/lecture||All three lectures $90|
|Reserved Seating||$60/lecture||All three lectures $150|
|Sponsorship||$150/lecture||All three lectures $400|
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | 4:30pm
Lynne Olson, Award-Winning Writer and Journalist
Lynne Olson writes a groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler. When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations — Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Czechoslovakia, and Poland — who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self- appointed representative of free France. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to the occupied countries as ‘Last Hope Island’.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 4:30pm
Robert Toplin, American History Professor, Author, Television Producer
Just what happens to history when Hollywood filmmakers get their hands on it? According to Robert Brent Toplin, professor of history at the University of North Carloline at Wilmington, the nation’s film capital is one of our most influential interpreters of history, so much so that popular movies dealing with historical themes often have a greater impact on the public’s thinking than books or lectures. In History by Hollywood, Toplin examines how filmmakers have interpreted American history through their films. Focusing on movies that deal with real events and people, Toplin looks at how writers, producers, and directors became involved in making historical films, what influenced their interpretations of the past, and the responses they have made to the controversies their works have excited. Toplin is the author of several books on history, politics and film, and has served as a principal creator of historical dramas that appeared nationally on PBS, the Disney Channel, and Starz.
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* RESCHEDULED to Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 4:30pm *
Amity Shlaes, New York Times Best-selling Author, Wall Street Journal Columnist
In her book, The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression, taking us back to show how the roots of our disillusionment can be found in a single election year, 1936. In that year, Franklin Roosevelt systematically established the modern political constituency, from unions to artists, to senior citizens. Roosevelt’s solution was to spend for these groups, so extensively that federal spending that year outpaced state and local spending, for the first time ever in peacetime. The consequence was the Roosevelt landslide of 1936 – but also the modern entitlement trap. Roosevelt often spoke of the Forgotten Man, the man “at the bottom of the economic pyramid.” Yet, Miss Shlaes shows, his New Deal created a new forgotten man, the man who subsidizes the funding of other constituencies — and who haunts politics in all developed nations today.Buy Tickets