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The Summer Lecture Series

Mondays, July & August at 4:00 PM
Tuesdays, July & August at 11:00 AM
Members $25, General $30

Our popular Summer Lecture Series is back! Join us, under an open-air tent, for lectures from today’s leading biographers and historians.

Advance ticket sales for friends and supporters!

  • National Committee sales start June 1
  • Member sales start June 3
  • General ticket sales start June 10

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Kathryn M. Lachman, translator of Charlotte Delbo: A Life Reclaimed by Ghislaine Dunant
Monday, July 12 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, July 13 at 11:00 AM
Professor Kathryn Lachman will share her experience translating Dunant’s award-winning biography of Auschwitz survivor and major French literary figure Charlotte Delbo.

Heather Clark, Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath
Monday, July 19 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, July 20 at 11:00 AM
Biographer Heather Clark discusses her highly anticipated new biography of Sylvia Plath. Red Comet focuses on Plath’s remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art.

Janice P. Nimura, The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine
Monday, July 26 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, July 27 at 11:00 AM
Janice P. Nimura returns to The Mount to discuss her latest biography, a riveting dual biography of America’s first female physicians.

Maggie Doherty, The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s
Monday, August 2 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 3 at 11:00 AM
Maggie Doherty will discuss five brilliant, passionate women who converged at the newly founded Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study and became friends as well as artistic collaborators, and who went on to shape the course of feminism.

Sydney Ladensohn Stern, The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics
Monday, August 9 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 10 at 11:00 AM
Biographer Sydney Ladensohn Stern shares how she drew on interviews, letters, diaries, and other documents still in private hands to provide a uniquely intimate behind-the-scenes chronicle of the lives, loves, work, and relationship between these complex men.

Debby Applegate, Madam: The Life of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age
Monday, August 16 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 17 at 11:00 AM
Pulitzer-prize winner author Debby Applegate will introduce us all to Polly Adler, a notorious madam who played hostess to every gangster, politician, writer, sports star and Cafe Society swell worth knowing, and who as much as any single figure, helped make the twenties roar.

Lisa Napoli, Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR
Monday, August 23 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 24 at 11:00 AM
Journalist Lisa Napoli will share the captivating stories of these four women, their deep and enduring friendships, and the trail they blazed to becoming icons.

Julia Sweig, Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight
Monday, August 30 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 31 at 11:00 AM
Biographer Julia Sweig will discuss her bestselling book, which is a commanding portrait of Lady Bird Johnson, and a reevaluation of the profound yet underappreciated impact the First Lady’s political instincts had on LBJ’s presidency.

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