Monday, November 5, 2012

Annette Gordon-Reed Will Deliver the Messiah College 2012 American Democracy Lecture

I hope you join us for this lecture.

The Messiah College History Department and the Messiah College Center for Public Humanities will be hosting Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed on Tuesday night for the college's annual American Democracy Lecture.  Previous lecturers in this series have included James McPherson, Peter Onuf, Patrick Allitt, Harry S. Stout, Wilma King, Wilfred McClay, E.J. Dionne, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Seymour Martin Lipset.

Here is the press release:

GRANTHAM, Pa. (Oct. 18, 2012) — The Center for Public Humanities and the Department of History at Messiah College will host Annette Gordon-Reed to lecture about “Thomas Jefferson, Slavery and Sally Hemings” on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel on the college’s Grantham campus. Gordon-Reed will sign books after the lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jean Corey at or 717-766-2511, ext. 2097. 

About Annette Gordon-Reed
Becoming interested in Thomas Jefferson after reading a biography of him, Gordon-Reed’s curiosity about Jefferson’s life began when she was a child. Graduating from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Gordon-Reed’s research and writing about Jefferson has given insight into the private life of the author of the Declaration of Independence. In her book “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: an American Controversy,” Gordon-Reed focuses on the voices and lives of the Hemings family and their impact on our nation’s third president. Gordon-Reed’s “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” published in 2008, won a Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Award. In 2010, she received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama. Gordon-Reed is currently a Carol K. Pforzheimer professor of history and professor of law at Harvard Law School.  

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.