The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting Churchill's Shakespeare, thru January 6.Winston Churchill, the esteemed leader who led Britain during World War II, was a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare, and Churchill's works were "shaped by Shakespeare's writing and ideas." “For the first time, this exhibition brings together photographs, posters, theater programs, personal letters, manuscripts, rare books, and more from the Churchill Archives Centre at Cambridge, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Churchill’s home Chartwell, and other collections. Among other items, Churchill's Shakespeare includes his familiar hat, bow tie, and walking stick—and some of his own copies of Shakespeare's plays. Visitors can also hear Churchill's speeches, listen to Shakespearean actors, and watch key video clips. Georgianna Ziegler, who is the Folger’s Associate Librarian and Head of Reference Emerita, curated the exhibition. Image below: The banner for Churchill's Shakespeare
The National Archives will present a discussion and book signing with Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss on November 28.Mr. Beschloss will talk about his book titled Presidents of War - moderated by author and political commentator Cokie Roberts. The book “takes a look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into war and mobilized their country for victory.”Beschloss “takes us into the room as the Presidents – from James Madison to recent times - make the most difficult wartime decisions."
Image below: Michael Beschloss (Photo by Stephen Voss) & the cover of Presidents of War
The National Archives will present Award-winning author Stephen Hess in a discussion of his book titled Bit Player: My Life with Presidentsand Ideas in the William G. McGowan Theater on December 4. Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, will moderate this discussion. Hess was a part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s speechwriting team and played "bit roles" in aiding other Presidents from both parties. His book is an “insightful and often humorous look at how Washington works—or doesn’t.”
The Spy Museum will present a program titled Secret World: A History of Intelligence with historian Christopher Andrew, who wrote the authorized history of MI5 Defend the Realm, on November 13. The author previously charted the rise of the KGB in The Sword and the Shield. Now, he has written the first-ever global history of intelligence. Andrew will be joined in conversation with Spy Museum historian Vince Houghton for a look at three millennia of intelligence history - from the spies of the Bible to the codebreakers of the Napoleonic wars and Bletchley Park to the new challenges posed in the 21st century. The book will be available for sale and signing at the event.