This February we’ll be offering not one, but two terrific programs on people we just can’t seem to get enough of: Al Capone and Vladimir Putin.
Our first program will focus on Alphonse Gabriel Capone or Al Capone. As the crime czar of Chicago in the late 20s and early 30s, the reign of terror he had in Chicago was unprecedented. He has often been referred to as “the most infamous gangster in American history.” Yet, he was different from other gangsters. He never carried a gun, loved publicity, and desperately wanted to be viewed as a respectable businessman and pillar of the community. Join us as author William Hazelgrove enlightens us on this topic and discusses his new novel Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.
Our second program centers on Russian President Vladimir Putin, a person we hear a lot about these days. Some consider him to be the world’s most powerful person, but what do we really know about him other than what we’ve heard in the news? We’ll learn about Russian-American relations, Putin’s biography (both personal and professional) and his series of relationships with American presidents as College of DuPage professor Ben Whisenhunt helps us fill in the gaps with the program, “Putin’s Russia: Friend, Foe, or Something Else?” on Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Registration is required for both programs, so remember to sign up!