Conversations with Christy S. Coleman
Launching in 2022 at Jamestown Settlement
Join Christy S. Coleman, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, as she engages in lively and enlightening conversations with some of the nation’s prominent scholars and public figures that bring into full view JYF’s mission to raise awareness and understanding of the shared legacies of American history.
The six-part series will take place in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, January 19, March 23, May 25, July 27, September 21 and November 16.
Reserve your seat to enjoy these thought-provoking conversations for $10 per program either in-person or virtually. Admission is limited and tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Shannon Lanier is a veteran TV host, author and social media influencer who’s been keeping audiences tuned in for decades. He also happens to be the 6th great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Join us for the year’s final program as they talk about the role and responsibility of journalism and media in American discourse, as well as our shared but complicated legacies with the approach of the 250th commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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Jason Herbert is a scholar who explores the social, political, demographic and ecological transformation of Southeastern American Indians, Europeans and Africans in Florida in the 18th and 19th centuries. His popular multimedia experience, “Historians at the Movies,” connects historians and movie buffs with many of our favorite films. This inaugural conversation on January 19, 2022 explored how popular culture influences the public’s understanding of American history.
Dr. Joanne B. Freeman
Dr. Joanne B. Freeman is a U.S. historian of the Revolutionary era and Early Republic and tenured professor of history and American Studies at Yale University. Regarded as a leading expert on the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton, Freeman has researched his work independently and collaboratively for more than 40 years. She served as a co-host of the nationally syndicated podcast “Backstory” and as a consultant for the award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton.” On March 23, 2022 audiences explored all things Hamilton, fact and fiction.
Lonnie G. Bunch III
Lonnie G. Bunch III, an American educator and historian, is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the first African American and first historian to serve in this prominent role. Bunch, who has spent most of his career as a history museum curator and administrator, discussed how museums have evolved during the past decades and the role they play in public life now and in the future.
Dr. Keisha Blain
Dr. Keisha Blain, a full professor of Africana Studies and History at Brown University, is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and Class of 2022 Carnegie Fellow and regarded as one of the most innovative and influential young historians of her generation. Blain, who has written extensively about African American history and is a columnist for MSNBC and regular contributor to NPR, BBC and other national and international media outlets, discussed Black freedom struggles and their impact on American history and culture.
Winona LaDuke is a member of the Ojibwe Nation and an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. A 2007 inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame, LaDuke has written widely on Native American and environmental issues. As an acclaimed author of five books, including “Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations” and a novel, “Last Standing Woman,” she discussed her efforts to deploy Indigenous techniques to stem climate change.
Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. These world-class museums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Separate daytime admission. Parking is free. For more information, call (757) 253-4572.
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