The National Park Service and the Friends of the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters are pleased to announce the 2020 Virtual Fall Lecture Series, held live online starting October 8. This year’s series examines histories of social change through the lens of activism, politics, and the arts.
All programs will take place Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 PM ET unless otherwise noted. They are all free and open to the public. Register here (for one or more events) to receive the event link.
Thursday, October 8, 7:00
Traditional suffrage histories have focused on the stories of a few iconic leaders, but there is a more diverse suffrage history waiting to be told. Join feminist historian and biographer Susan Ware, author of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, to learn how this new history highlights those who made women's suffrage happen across the nation.
Tuesday, October 18, 3:00
Rajiv Mohabir will discuss the life of the indenture trade in the Western hemisphere and how this labor history has affected concepts of home and belonging. In these multiple migrations and histories India connects with Guyana, Trinidad, Salem, New York, and Florida. Through a poetic journey mooring the only firsthand account of indentured labor from the Anglophone Caribbean to his current practice he will show how survival and resistance emerge in a poetry of naming the unnameable.
Thursday, October 29, 7:00
Thursday, November 5, 7:00
On the eve of war over slavery, Northern elites, reformers, and the police who worked for them viewed transing gender as one of many threats to the social order. Join Jen Manion, author of Female Husbands: A Trans History, for a discussion of the ways female husbands and others who transed gender for work, life, or freedom were subject to increased scrutiny, interrogation, and arrest in the mid to late 19th century.
Thursday, November 12, 7:00
The cabinet isn't in the Constitution, yet every president has worked with a cabinet. So where did it come from? Join Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky, author of The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, to learn about the origins of the president's cabinet, the importance of the councils of war during the American Revolution, and the role of Longfellow House in this story!
Thursday, November 19, 7:00
Professional artist and activist Ifé Franklin invites members of the community to a reading of her book The Slave Narrative of Willie Mae. Written in the voice of Franklin’s great-grandmother, Willie Mae McCain, who was born in Virginia on the threshold of emancipation, this narrative brings to life Willie Mae's journey from enslavement to freedom. This book is in the collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Thursday, December 3, 7:00
Shortly after the 1839 invention of photography, this new medium was embraced by the proslavery cause, while it opened up new ways for enslaved people to resist bondage. Louis Agassiz sought to use daguerreotypes of enslaved people to support theories of scientific racism. At the same time, some enslaved people were able to acquire their own photographs, which they used to resist the internal slave trade. Join Ilisa Barbash (co-editor/co-author) and Matthew Fox Amato (co-author) as they discuss these phenomena outlined in the new book, To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes.
Thursday, December 10, 7:00
Join renowned author of poetry and prose Mark Doty for an exploration of Walt Whitman, race, and the Civil War. His most recent book, What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life, is a memoir that blends biography, criticism, and recollections to explore Doty’s personal quest for Walt Whitman.