"The Past in the Present: Dealing with Troublesome Histories" with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Historian Annette Gordon-Reed
Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m.
“The Past in the Present: Dealing with Troublesome Histories”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University, will join the Museum virtually to examine how we can wrestle with — and have honest dialogue about — the complexities in our nation’s history. Many of the people and institutions we admire were born in eras when the lives of Black people, women, and Indigenous people were devalued. How do we find our way to a usable past? Gordon-Reed will draw on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which explores the enslaved Hemings family and casts new light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson.
The event marks the third Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture, a series established by the generosity of the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Carl M. Buchholz, former vice chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors. The series was created to honor his public service and to explore the political thought of the American Revolution and its relevance today.
Annette Gordon-Reed is Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. She won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton, 2009), a subject she had previously written about in Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (University Press of Virginia, 1997). She is also the author of Andrew Johnson (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2010).
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