Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
Blues legend B.B. King talks about his life, career, the meaning of the blues, and of course, his guitar Lucille.
1999 Jefferson Lecturer Caroline Walker Bynum talks about the legacy of the Middle Ages to the present day.
Scholar John A. Garraty talks about the creation of the new American National Biography.
Historian Melvyn Leffler talks about perceptions and misperceptions of the Cold War.
Producer Judy Crichton talks about a decade of filmmaking for The American Experience.
Writer Ernest Gaines talks about storytelling, race, and his Louisiana roots.
Historian H. W. Brands discusses turn-of-the-century anxieties and our own expectations for the future with Endowment chairman William R. Ferris.
Historian Bernard Bailyn discusses the ways in which our past is closer than we think.
Historian Malcolm J. Rohrbough talks about the heroes and heroines left behind.
Music historian Richard Crawford talks about what makes American music distinctive.
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