The National Archives Presents Noontime Programs in April
Press Release · Monday, April 8, 2013

Washington, DC…The National Archives presents a series of noontime programs in April on topics ranging from the Voting Rights Act to celebrity tales from late-night talk show host Dick Cavett. These events are free and open to the public.

All programs will be held at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

All programs (except April 12) will be webcast live on the National Archives UStream channel [].

BOOK TALK: Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy
Wednesday, April 10

Historian Gary May describes how black voters secured one of their most important rights as citizens of the United States. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 allowed Federal officials to intervene in local election administration, putting an end to discriminatory voting practices and leading to a boom in black voter registration. A book signing will follow the program.

FILM:  From the Vaults: The 1970s
Friday, April 12

In conjunction with the O’Brien Gallery exhibit “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project,” the Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film presents a selection of films from the National Archives including the anti-substance abuse films Curious Alice (1971); Route One (1976); Who’s Out There?, a 1975 NASA film narrated by Orson Welles; and the U.S. Forest Service production We Belong to the Land (1975).

BOOK TALK: Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government
Thursday, April 18

Journalist M. Stanton Evans examines how Stalin’s Soviet intelligence networks infiltrated the American government during World War II. Evans uses primary sources and formerly secret records to provide a riveting account of the widespread spy network. A book signing will follow the program.

BOOK TALK: Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets
Friday, April 19

From 1968 to 1982, Dick Cavett hosted the nation’s most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. Listen to Cavett’s best tales—one-upping Bette Davis, testifying on behalf of John Lennon, scheming with John Updike—from his book Talk Show. A book signing will follow the program

The National Archives is fully accessible, and Assisted Listening Devices are available in the McGowan Theater upon request. To request a sign language interpreter for a public program, please send an email to or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event. To verify dates and times of the programs, call 202-357-5000 or view the Calendar of Events online. To contact the National Archives, call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD 301-837-0482).

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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