A photo of David Simon from 2010, Courtesy the MacArthur Foundation

The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) will host former Baltimore Sun journalist and “The Wire” creator David Simon for a virtual conversation about dialogue on Oct. 22.

Starting at noon that day, Allison Tolman, MCHC’s vice president of collections and interpretation, will speak with Simon about the value of dialogue in society, its role as a connector between past and present, and more.

The event will be the second installment in MCHC’s Core Conversation Series, featuring a total of four conversations about the themes of community, authenticity, dialogue and discovery.

The first installment featured Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who discussed the theme of discovery with MCHC’s Library Director Catherine Mayfield. The series’ future speakers will be announced at a later date.

“David Simon graciously agreed to join us for this important conversation, and we think there’s no one better to share his thoughts on why and how talking about and bringing to light the history of a place, or issues of society, is important to culture – and progress,” Mark Letzer, president and CEO of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, said in a statement.

Simon is best known for his HBO series “The Wire,” a crime drama television series set in Baltimore that depicted some of the city’s social, political and economic challenges. He also contributed to other television projects, including “Tremé,” which focused on New Orleans musicians after Hurricane Katrina, and “The Plot Against America,” which told an alternative American history in which aviator Charles Lindbergh defeated Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 election.

MCHC’s virtual program is free and open to the public, but attendees must register beforehand. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with further instructions after they register.

Formerly the Maryland Historical Society, the institution rebranded itself as the Maryland Center for History and Culture in September. The center is open with limited capacity Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...