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Director's Series Launches in 2022 at Jamestown Settlement Featuring Six Conversations with Prominent Scholars and Public Figures

Directors Series with JYF Executive Director Christy ColemanWILLIAMSBURG, Va., December 15, 2021 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will launch a six-part Director’s Series at Jamestown Settlement in 2022, featuring Executive Director Christy S. Coleman engaging in lively and enlightening conversations with some of the nation’s most prominent scholars and public figures. The first program debuts January 19.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, raises awareness and understanding of the shared legacies of American history through its two history museums, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and a myriad of education programs.

The six-part series will take place in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays: January 19, March 16, May 25, July 27, September 21 and November 16. Online registration is required in advance to attend these live presentations and available at jyfmuseums.org/directorsseries.

Guests can reserve their spots for these thought-provoking conversations at $50 for all six programs in the series or $10 per program. Protective masks will be required for this indoor theater setting.

2022 Directors Series Speakers





Jason Herbert
January 19 • 7 p.m.

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 will explore how popular culture influences the public’s understanding of history and American culture.

Dr. Joanne B. Freeman
March 23 • 7 p.m. (*Program Rescheduled from March 16)

Freeman is a U.S. historian of the Revolutionary era and Early Republic and tenured professor of History and American Studies at Yale University. A leading expert on the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton, she has researched his work 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.” Get ready to explore all things Hamilton, fact and fiction.

Lonnie G. Bunch III
May 25 • 7 p.m.

Bunch, 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, will discuss how museums have evolved during the past decades and the role they play in public life now and in the future.

Dr. Keisha Blain
July 27 • 7 p.m. (*Program Rescheduled from July 20)

Blain, an associate professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, is the 2022 New America National 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 regular contributor to NPR, BBC and other national and international media outlets, will discuss Black freedom struggles and their impact on American history and culture.

Winona LaDuke
September 21 • 7 p.m.

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, she has written widely on Native American and environmental issues. An acclaimed author of five books, including “Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations” and a novel “Last Standing Woman,” she will discuss her efforts to deploy Indigenous techniques to stem climate change.

Shannon Lanier
November 16 • 7 p.m.

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.

The 2022 Director’s Series is supported in part by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc.

Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century history and culture, is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for Christmas and New Year’s Day, Jamestown Settlement daytime admission is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12. Separate admission for the Director’s Series evening programs. Parking is free. For more information, visit jyfmuseums.org or call (757) 253-4838.