Matthew VanBiesen: at the helm of UMS

February 24 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

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Join Ed as he welcomes new University Musical Society president, Matthew VanBesien, who will describe UMS’ sublime 2018 season as well as its deep cultural partnership with the University of Michigan, a partnership that dates back to 1880. A native of St. Louis, Mr. VanBesien comes to Ann Arbor after having served as president of The New York Philharmonic. While at The Phil, he was responsible for innovative music programs that dynamically engaged New Yorkers, reacquainting them, in fact, with their ‘home town’ orchestra. No doubt he will accomplish the same in our community. Welcome to Ann Arbor, Matthew VanBesien!

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Diana Preston: in the Wake of the Bounty

November 25 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor


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Award-winning historian Diana Preston returns to highlight her new book, Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia, published by Bloomsbury. Miss Preston, a good friend of the show, describes in her inimitable way the weaving of personalities (Arthur Phillip, William Bligh, Fletcher Christian, etc.), the quest for empire and scientific knowledge, and the needs of commerce that built to a stunning climax in 1788-89.

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Christopher de Hamel: On Illuminated Manuscripts

November 18 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Ed welcomes Christopher de Hamel, world-renowned authority on medieval manuscripts. Mr. de Hamel will make the art of the illuminated manuscript (pre-printing press) come alive as he describes his latest book, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World, published by Penguin Books.

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Sir David Cannadine: Mellon, an American Life

November 17 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

In celebration of philanthropist Paul Mellon’s centenary, Ed welcomes acclaimed historian, Sir David Cannadine, who will describe his monumental new book, Mellon: An American Life. Father of Paul, Andrew W. Mellon was a fantastically successful industrialist, investor, art collector, and treasury secretary to three presidents, whose vision and colossal drive resulted in the establishment of the National Gallery of Art in 1941. Sir David will also highlight how Mellon’s spirit of philanthropy was assumed by his children, to the cultural enrichment of the nation.

Duo Dickinson: A Home Called New England

November 4 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Looking for the perfect book for the holidays? Your search is over. Award-winning architect and author, Duo Dickinson, will share his immense knowledge of historic houses and how their styles are being adapted in domestic architecture today. Duo, a practicing architect in Connecticut, co-wrote his summa, A Home Called New England, with Steve Culpepper. Engagingly written and sumptuously illustrated, the book establishes a new standard for the study and appreciation of traditional American architecture.

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In-Studio: Art Holst Remembers

June 30 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Renowned speaker and poet, Art Holst, returns to share his insights about serving in Gen. Patton’s Third Army during the invasion of Germany, his distinguished career as an NFL official (including being a referee in two Superbowls), and his tireless support for the building of a Fisher House for veterans in Michigan.

Arie Lipsky and Mary Steffek Blaske: Hearts for the Arts

June 17 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor, Arie Lipsky, returns with Orchestra Executive Director Mary Steffek Blaske to highlight the new dynamic season, including the A2SO’s numerous school concerts and instrument ‘petting zoos’ that introduce young people to the delights of playing music.More at:

Dr. Catherine Williamson

June 9 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Join Ed as he welcomes back Dr. Catherine Williamson, Director of Fine Books/Manuscripts and Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams auction house. Dr. Williamson will regale us with high points from the upcoming auction of the entertainment collection of Robert Osborne (1932-2017), beloved host of Turner Classic Movies for more than 20 years. Catherine will describe Osborne’s wide collecting interests, from iconic film posters to statues, that enriched his own life and scholarship – a fascination he bequeathed so generously to his TCM audience.

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Prof. Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny – 20 lessons from the Twentieth Century

June 8 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Author of one of the most acclaimed books in recent years, Timothy Snyder, Levin Professor of History at Yale University, will delineate the well-honed techniques used by authoritarian regimes to seize and maintain power, including their success at persuading electorates to surrender their freedom willingly. He will also explain how social media and the internet often work to neutralize dissent today. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of America’s most thoughtful historians illuminate the past – and, possibly, our future.

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Richard Fattorini

April 29 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

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Our guest this week is Richard Fattorini, Director and Senior Specialist, Sotheby’s. Mr. Fattorini, who is returning to the
show, will highlight the upcoming auction, Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History, taking place in London May 9. Among the stunning array of items are 17th century atlases; early photographs of Palestine and Egypt; a major collection of fashion watercolors, 1809-28; two monumental wall maps of Asia by Joan Blaeu, 1659; even a silk robe worn by
Lawrence of Arabia.

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