Read the Revolution Speaker Series 2019 - 2020
Bringing celebrated authors and historians to the Museum of the American Revolution for lively, facilitated discussions of their work, these evening programs in the Read the Revolution Speaker Series explore compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality and self-government.
Each Read the Revolution Speaker Series program includes a special talk, audience Q&A, and opportunities to purchase a book signed by the author. Read ahead and order featured titles in advance from our online shop. Revolution Society Members receive complimentary access to the Read the Revolution Speaker Series and an invitation to exclusive receptions with the author. For information about joining the Revolution Society, please visit the Support page for details.
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2019-2020 Speaker Series Schedule
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (Knopf, 2011)
Maya Jasanoff revisited the story of how loyalists dispersed across the British empire, resulting in an enduring American influence on the wider British world. This evening program included a book signing with the author.
Maya Jasanoff is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Lonnie G. Bunch III
A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump (Smithsonian Books, September 2019)
Lonnie G. Bunch III discussed the dynamic process it took to open the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September 2016, in lively conversation with Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, President & CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution. This evening program included an opportunity to purchase a book signed by the author.
Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America (Belknap Press, September 2019)
T. H. Breen showed how ordinary Americans, far from the halls of power and the fields of battle, turned a faltering rebellion into an enduring Revolution to create a country based on the will of the people. This evening program included a book signing with the author.
T. H. Breen is the James Marsh Professor at-large, University of Vermont and Founding Director of the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University.
The program is available to re-watch.
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty (Yale University Press, May 2018)
Stephen Brumwell will trace Benedict Arnold’s journey from a once-ardent hero of the Revolutionary cause to its most dishonored traitor. This evening program includes a book signing with the author.
Stephen Brumwell is a writer and independent historian based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The program will be available to watch live online.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War (Belknap Press, January 2020)
Vincent Brown will offer a gripping account of how the largest slave revolt in the Atlantic world connected Europe, Africa, and America, and speaks to our understanding of wars on terror today. This evening program includes a book signing with the author.
Vincent Brown is the Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and American Studies at Harvard University.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions (W.W. Norton, Liveright 2016)
Caitlin Fitz will draw on sources and archives in four languages to address how citizens of the new United States compared their Revolution and republicanism with Latin America’s independence movements. This evening program includes a book signing with the author.
Caitlin Fitz is an Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University.
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