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Confederate Ambitions: Flawed Visions for a New Nation

Historians Adrian Brettle (Colossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post-Civil War World) and Ann Tucker (Newest Born of Nations: European Nationalist Movements and the Making of the Confederacy) share their …

March 17, 2021 | 2PM – 2:45PM
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Historical Fiction: Rachel Beanland, Brian Castleberry & Lauren Francis-Sharma

Novelists Rachel Beanland (Florence Adler Swims Forever), Brian Castleberry (Nine Shiny Objects), and Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe) discuss their sweeping works of historical fiction, ranging from 18th-century Trinidad to 20th-century America, and grappling with colonialism, family secrets, racism, and questions of belief.

March 18, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM
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Indigenous Lit: Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Kelli Jo Ford & Diane Wilson

Novelists Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (Even As We Breathe), Kelli Jo Ford (Crooked Hallelujah), and Diane Wilson (The Seed Keeper) discuss their work as indigenous writers celebrating Dakota and Cherokee cultures and traditions amid larger forces of history, religion, and class in America.

March 17, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM
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Reading Under the Influence: Music, History & Race

Regina Bradley (Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of Hip-Hop South), Adam Gussow (Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of Music), and Claudrena Harold (When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras) discuss the ways that music, history, and race intersect in the creation of American identity, with a focus on blues, southern hip-hop, and late-century gospel music.

March 15, 2021 | 7PM – 8PM
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SHELF LIFE—Unfit: Virginia’s History of Eugenics

Historians Elizabeth Catte (Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia) and Adam Cohen (Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck) discuss one of …

February 18, 2021 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Does Good Exist? Maggie Paxson on The Plateau

Maggie Paxson discusses her memoir, The Plateau, which blends anthropology, history, and personal introspection to delve deeply into philosophical and moral issues; with Bella Stander.

September 10, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Race for Profit with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Join professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor as she discusses her highly-acclaimed Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, in conversation with Andrew Kahrl.

August 13, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM