Events & Programs

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2017 Summer Seminar Series

The popular summer seminar series, now in its 33rd year, continues this year with the following lineup:

Thursday, July 6th at 10:30 am: Dr. Doug Simon--Thoughts on American Foreign Policy
Monday, July 10th at 1pm: Gordon Chang--Trump and China: War or Peace in Asia
Thursday, July 13th at 10:30am: Daniel Rose--Milton Hershey: The Man who Reinvented Chocolate
Monday, July 17th at 1pm: Linda Barth--The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow
Thursday, July 20th at 10:30am: S.J.Rozan--Title to be announced for the seminar by this award winning mystery writer
Monday, July 24th at 1pm: Dr. Michael Norris--Medieval Masterpieces of the Met's Cloisters
Thursday, July 27th at 10:30am: Kim Gianetti--Golf and Politics: The Power Game
Monday, July 31st at 1pm: Dr. Gillian Hettinger-- Living in a Muslim World: A Woman's Perspective
Thursday, August 3rd at 10:30am: Dr. Randall Westbrook-- The Art and Politics of the Harlem Renaissance
Monday, August 7th at 1pm: Dr. William Gutsch--Adventures under the Northern Lights

The seminars are free and open to the public. No registration required. Attend as many as you like.
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Tuesday, October 3rd @ 7:00pm
Tales from the Desert: Solo Instrumental Guitar

Peter Biedermann will be focusing on pieces from his latest recording, Tales from the Desert, performing on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50-plus years. Fans of fellow guitarists Leo Kottke, the British School (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davy Graham), Ralph Towner, Michael Hedges, and Pierre Bensusan will enjoy this music. Mr. Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, Arizona. He has been composing and performing for over 40 years and will be appearing for the first time at the Madison Public Library. CDs will be for sale after the performance. Please join us for this free program. Registration preferred, but drop-ins welcome as seating space permits. Register here.

Wednesday Night Films at the Library

  Free. No registration required. 
   (Film synopses derived from IMDb.)


Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30* pm
North by Northwest

Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau
1959/ 136 min/ NR

In this Hitchcock classic, a hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

*Please note early start time due to length of film.
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Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00pm
The Asphalt Jungle

Sterling Haden, Jean Hagen, Marilyn Monroe
1950/ 112 min/ NR

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double-crosses cause everything to unravel.