2018-2019 Read the Revolution Speaker Series

2018 - 2019 Speaker Series Schedule 

Bringing celebrated authors and historians to the Museum of the American Revolution for lively, facilitated discussions of their work.  These evening programs explore the people, events, ideas, and legacies of our nation's Founding era. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018  6:00 PM

Virginia DeJohn Anderson

Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder

The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution

In this joint biography, Virginia DeJohn Anderson reveals how Nathan Hale, a spy for the American cause, and Moses Dunbar, a Loyalist, chose sides in perilous times. Through the experiences of two Connecticut men, Anderson will illuminate the impact of the Revolution on ordinary lives and how individual stories were remembered and forgotten after independence.

 

Thursday, November 29, 2018  6:00 PM

Colin G. Calloway 

John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College

The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation

Spanning decades of Native American leaders' interactions with George Washington, Colin G. Calloway brings new focus to Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Red Jacket, Little Turtle and the native nations they represented. Using the prism of Washington’s life, Calloway will return these individual stories to the forefront of the United States’ founding. 

 

Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:00 PM

Mary Sarah Bilder

Founders Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention

Mary Sarah Bilder challenges our traditional view of how American statesman James Madison shaped the United States Constitution. Bilder will explore how Madison, in revising his notes on the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia for later publication, changed allegiances and depictions of people like Alexander Hamilton in the years after American independence.

Thursday, March 28, 2019  6:00 PM

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University

The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich used textiles and textile tools to trace the history of New England in this pioneering work, first published in 2001. Ulrich will revisit the Revolutionary era with an emphasis on the power of ordinary objects to enlarge our understanding of the past.