Hey! What're you doing sitting there at home watching TV, when you could go to the library and . . . watch TV? Tempe Public Library is hosting a bimonthly program that presents the "White House Millennium Lectures," a series on videotape of talks on a wide array of subjects given last year by various big shots at Bill Clinton's current address. The series is shown from 7 to 9 p.m. every other Tuesday through August 8. Each showing of the tapes is followed by a discussion led by a flesh-and-blood, physically present person of some local eminence in the same field.This week's show, on Tuesday, May 30, for instance, will be "Jazz: An Expression of Democracy," by jazz master Wynton Marsalis. The post-lecture discussion will be led by Dr. Richard Strange. The rest of the series is slated as follows:
June 13: "The Living Past" by Harvard historian Bernard Bailyn; discussion by Senator Harry Mitchell.
June 27: "The Meaning of the Millennium" by University of Chicago theologian Martin Marty; discussion by Dr. Donald Dietz.
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July 11: "Imagination and Change" by physicist and author Stephen Hawking; Senator Harry Mitchell, again, leads the talk.
July 25: "Poets Laureate" by Robert Pinsky, the current holder of that title, and former Poets Laureate Robert Hass and Rita Dove; Peter Rennick leads the discussion.
The series, which is presented by the Arizona Humanities Council through a grant, closes on Tuesday, August 8, with "The Perils of Indifference: Lessons From a Violent Country" by Holocaust survivor and writer Elie Wiesel. The guest speaker for the evening is yet to be determined.
By M.V. Moorhead"White House Millennium Lectures on Tape" continues through Tuesday, August 8, at Tempe Public Library, 3500 South Rural in Tempe. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. For details call 480-350-5508.