2.6 million soldiers are currently returning home from war, the greatest number since Vietnam. With an increase in suicides and post-traumatic stress, the military has embraced measures such as resilience training and positive psychology to heal mind as well as body. But the moral dimensions of psychological injuries – guilt, shame, feeling responsible for doing wrong or being wronged – still elude much treatment. In Afterwar, philosopher Nancy Sherman turns her focus to that challenge.
The Atlanta History Center offers a variety of lectures throughout the year showcasing award-winning authors who share insight into their latest publication. Books are available for purchase in the Atlanta History Center Museum Shop during lectures and a book signing follows each Aiken, Elson, and Livingston lecture. View lectures presented at the Margaret Mitchell House, our Midtown campus.
Admission for all lectures is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, and FREE to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for all lectures. Purchase tickets online or call 404.814.4150. All lecture ticket purchases are non-refundable.
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- Audience:Interests:May 23 2015 - 2:00pm
- Interests:Jun 3 2015 - 8:00pm
A thrilling narrative history of two men – President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross – who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States faced a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two men, former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story.
- Interests:Jun 4 2015 - 8:00pm
In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S.
- Interests:Jun 9 2015 - 8:00pm
In the concluding novel of his epic Civil War tetralogy, Jeff Shaara tells the dramatic story of the final eight months of battle from multiple perspectives: the commanders in their tents making plans for total victory, as well as the ordinary foot soldiers and cavalrymen who carried out their orders until the last alarm sounded. Through Sherman’s eyes, we gain insight into the mind of the general who vowed to “make Georgia howl” until it surrendered. In Johnston, we see a man agonizing over the limits of his army’s power, and accepting the burden of leading the last desperate effort to ensure the survival of the Confederacy.
- Interests:Jun 17 2015 - 8:00pm
In Journey Into the Wilderness award-winning author Frye Gaillard reflects on the Civil War and the way we remember it, through the lens of letters written by his family members, including great-great grandfat
- Interests:Jun 19 2015 - 7:00pm
The relationship that exists between food and family is a powerful one. Perhaps no one knows this better than acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio: the women behind the popular blog Three Many Cooks.
- Interests:Jun 23 2015 - 8:00pm
On April 9, 1865, after exchanging pleasantries about their service in the Mexican War, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee negotiated the terms of Lee’s surrender at McLean House in Appomattox, Virginia, bringing the Civil War to an official end. Fictional and accurate accounts pervade the surrender, painting it as a well-known myth in American history.
- Interests:Jun 25 2015 - 8:00pm
Long known for the friendly company of its "warm brothers" (German slang for men who love other men), Berlin, even before the turn of the twentieth century, was a place where educators, activists, and medical professionals could explore and begin to educate both themselves and Europe about new and emerging sexual identities.
- Interests:Jul 7 2015 - 7:00pm
Lisa and Joe Stone, married for twenty years and partners in their small law firm in Henry County, Virginia, handle less than glamorous cases, whether domestic disputes, personal injury settlements, or never-ending complaints from their cantankerous client Lettie VanSandt. When Lettie dies in a freakish fire, the Stones think it’s certainly possible that she was cooking meth at her trailer. But details soon emerge that lead them to question how accidental her demise actually was, and settling her peculiar estate becomes endlessly complicated.
- Interests:Jul 21 2015 - 7:00pm
The Class of '65 is an untold story of race, religion, and reconciliation that grew out of the turmoil of the civil rights era in Georgia. It revolves around a student from Koinonia Farm, the Christian commune that gave birth to Habitat for Humanity, and the persecution he suffered when he attended the local high school during its turbulent desegregation. Many years later, classmates who had once scorned him tracked him down in a distant state and asked for his forgiveness.