The National Archives will present a discussion of Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 Worldby Philip Mudd on August 13. Immediately after September 11, 2001, the CIA in Langley, Virginia “evolved into a warfighting intelligence service, constructing what was known internally as “the Program”: a web of top-secret detention facilities intended to help prevent future attacks on American soil and around the world.” Former deputy director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center Philip Mudd presents “a full, never-before-told story of this now-controversial program, directly addressing how far America went to pursue al-Qa’ida and prevent another catastrophe.” A book signing follows the program. Visit www.archives.gov/calendar
The National Book Festival
The 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on August 31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public. Authors featured this year will include: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, historian & filmmaker Henry Louis Gates, Jr., novelist Joyce Carol Oates, chef & humanitarian José Andrés, historian David McCullough, novelist Barbara Kingsolver and graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier.
Planet Word -a language arts museum- is scheduled to open in the historic Franklin School building on Franklin Square at 13th & K in D.C. in late 2019. The red brick building was designed by Adolf Cluss in 1869, and has been used for many purposes, including as a public school, a homeless shelter, a place for Alexander Graham Bell to test out his inventions, a teacher’s college and more. Cluss also designed other historic red brick buildings, including the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building and the Eastern Market.The Franklin School was one of the first public school buildings in the city, and became a model for age-graded classrooms and curricula.Both the interior and the exterior of the building have historic preservation status. CEO and founder Ann B. Friedman, a philanthropist and former reading teacher who is married to New York Times opinion columnist Tom Friedman, is creating the new museum.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser selected a firm to spearhead the project in 2015. Planet Word will not have a collection – rather its exhibits will all be experiential or technology-based.Friedman has commented that “Instead of artwork or historic objects, the exhibits will center around “nouns, verbs, adjectives, puns, questions and quotations.” There will be no charge for admission to the $50 million museum.
The Folger Shakespeare Library building, which dates back to 1932, will undergo a major renovation beginning on March 1, 2020 to expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience for all who visit the Folger. Construction will conclude in 2022, and the building will reopen. During the multi-year renovation, public access to the building will be restricted, but Folger programs and events will continue at other locations in DC, and around the country. Image below: A rendering of the building after renovation.
The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting A Monument to Shakespeare, thru January 5, 2020.The exhibition tells how Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily created a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. Capitol as a gift to the American people.