In The Family bestselling author David Laskin unfolds a sweeping epic that spans the three great upheavals that affected Jews in the twentieth century: immigration, two world wars, and the founding of Israel. Starting from Torah scribe Shimon Dov HaKohen, Laskin traces over 150 years of Jewish and world history as one family (named HaKohen, Kaganovich and Cohen on three different continents) is made and broken by the crises of our time. At the center of this stirring book are three archetypal women: The Pioneer, The Tycoon, and The Mother.
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. Please call 404.814.4150. Purchase tickets online or call 404.814.4150. All lecture ticket purchases are non-refundable.
If you are an Insiders member ($500 Patron level and above), please email us your reservation request to Insiders@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call us at 404.814.4101.
- Audience:Interests:Sep 2 2014 - 8:00pm
- Interests:Sep 3 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join the Atlanta History Center to kick-off the 2014 Big Read with a festive celebration featuring an evening of culinary delights and the exciting sounds of Mexico.
- Interests:Sep 7 2014 - 2:00pm
Lisette’s List tells the story of a woman’s yearning for art at a time when her family’s collection of paintings had to be hidden from Nazi art thieves. Lisette moves with her husband from the bustling city of Paris to the picturesque village of Roussillon in Provence. There, they care for his grandfather, who connected deeply with the artwork of the impoverished Impressionist painter Pissarro.
- Audience:Interests:Sep 17 2014 - 7:00pm
Join the Atlanta History Center as we present an unforgettable evening with author Luis Alberto Urrea, and celebrate The Big Read.
- Interests:Sep 23 2014 - 8:00pm
Sherman's March, cutting a path through Georgia and the Carolinas, is among the most symbolically potent events of the Civil War. Rubin uncovers and unpacks stories and myths about the March from a wide variety of sources, including African Americans, women, Union soldiers, Confederates, and even Sherman himself. Drawing her evidence from an array of media, including travel accounts, memoirs, literature, films, and newspapers, Rubin uses the competing and contradictory stories as a lens into the ways that American thinking about the Civil War has changed over time.
- Interests:Sep 30 2014 - 8:00pm
Next to Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was the greatest southern hero of the Civil War. Prior to the war he was a physics professor at a military college, a full-blown eccentric with bad eyesight and a host of physical problems who was one of his school's least popular professors. Fourteen months after the start of the Civil War he had revolutionized the art of war and become the most famous military man in the world. In Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, S.C. Gwynne recounts and examines that transformation.
- Interests:Oct 2 2014 - 8:00pm
Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan were polar opposites in political philosophy and personal style. But over the course of a thousand crucial days—from Johnson’s ascent to the presidency in November 1963 to Reagan’s election as governor of California in November 1966—their lives intersected, and the stories they told the country became intertwined. In Landslide, Jonathan Darman examines this critical period in the lives of these two towering figures, locating in their stories the roots of America’s current political divide.
- Interests:Oct 5 2014 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Last, but not least in the schedule of The Big Read FREE programs is our film festival. Now that you have read the book with all of Atlanta, spend the afternoon celebrating the parallels between page and screen as the Atlanta History Center showcases movies that relate to the topics and themes of Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North.
- Interests:Oct 6 2014 - 7:00pm
Last fall, after a particularly grueling shift at work, Linda Tirado fired off a response to a question in an online forum that asked: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive?
As a perpetually exhausted young mother of two, working two part-time jobs and recently returned to college, Tirado had some hard-won answers to that naïve inquiry, but she certainly never expected the posting to go viral.
- Interests:Oct 10 2014 - 7:00pm
When Druckerman, an American journalist, had a baby in Paris, she didn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How?
With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman, the author of Lust in Translation and a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, sets out to learn the secrets behind raising children who are good eaters, sound sleepers, well-behaved, and independent.