The Vietnam War and the End of ‘American Exceptionalism’

Sponsored by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Collaborative for Educational Services, Professor Chris Appy examines “American exceptionalism” as a core tenet of national identity, and how the Vietnam War posed fundamental challenges to the faith in America’s actions as a force for good in the world.

Nerd Nite Noho Part 2 – The End of Darkness

What do we lose, when we lose the night? With time-lapse imagery, animation, and excerpts from his Emmy-nominated documentary, filmmaker Ian Cheney reveals the surprising effects of excess illumination on human health, wildlife, and the human relationship to the stars.

Nerd Nite Noho Part 1 – The Birds Downtown

Many people see Holyoke and Springfield as cities racked by poverty, crime and drugs — but avid birder & photographer Greg Saulmon shows how their neighborhoods also offer some of the most unique birding opportunities you’ll find. Can that help change the conversation about our urban centers?

The American Missionaries and the Armenians

Successes and Limitations of Humanitarianism

Dr. Barbara Merguerian, Vice President of the Armenian Library & Museum of America, speaks about the role of American missionaries and the broad range of […]