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November 1, 2011

The National Archives Presents Afternoon Programs in November

Washington, DC…The National Archives will present four afternoon programs in November, on topics ranging from military cuisine to the Underground Railroad to the affects of the digital revolution on the brain.  These events are free and open to the public and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall.  The building is fully accessible. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at Seventh Street, NW.

This lecture was rescheduled for January 31 (in Washington, DC) and February 2 (in College Park, MD). We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thursday, November 3, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater
Feeding the Military
It was once said that an army marches on its stomach, yet soldiers seem to agree there is a conspiracy intent on rendering perfectly normal food unrecognizable. That may have been true of years gone by, but today’s Army food laboratory creates rations that look and taste like the foods they purport to be. Gerald Darsch and Kathy Evangelos of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center present a history of feeding the military.  They will also discuss the creation of usable combat rations that are not only nutritious but taste good.

Wednesday, November 16, at noon, Jefferson Room
Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn
Using the latest research on the brain, Cathy Davidson shows how “attention blindness” has produced one of our society’s greatest challenges: toiling in schools and workplaces designed for the last century. Now You See It shows how digital information will change our brains and introduces us to groundbreaking ideas—from schools with curricula built around video games to companies that train workers using virtual environments—that will open the doors to new ways of working and learning.

Thursday, November 17, at noon, Washington Room
The Underground Railroad and the Railroading of a Maryland Freeman
National Archives staff member Rick Blondo will present a lecture on the plight of Rev. Samuel Green of Dorchester County, a free man of color convicted and sent to prison in 1857 for possessing a copy of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This program is presented in partnership with the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Thursday, November 17, at 1 p.m.,William G. McGowan Theater
Richard Nixon Legacy Forum: Nixon and the Courts
Fred Fielding, former White House Counsel to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, moderates a discussion examining President Richard Nixon's judicial appointments and the legacy of their decisions. Panelists include Patrick J. Buchanan, Wallace H. Johnson, G. Robert Blakey, and Earl Silbert. Presented in partnership with the Richard Nixon Foundation.

To verify dates and times of the programs, call 202-357-5000 or view the Calendar of Events online. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call (202) 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event.

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