On May 5, the Humanitni will examine the history of Alexander “Boss” Shepherd, Washington, DC’s own Gilded Age political boss who defined local government for a generation. Shepherd is remembered for making many notable improvements to the city, but his frequently autocratic rule set off a tug of war between local politicians and the federal government that continues to this day. Join us as we try to determine just who runs this town.

Program participants will be announced soon!

When: May 5, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Busboys and Poets, Brookland (625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017)

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On the first Thursday of each month in 2016, at the various Busboys and Poets locations throughout the city, we will look at the history of the city in 20 year increments. Specially chosen moderators and panelists will help link the obscure, monumental, marginalized, and mainstream stories about the city’s past with issues that are are relevant to present-day Washingtonians.