The New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novel The Paris Wife, returns with her highly anticipated historical novel, Circling the Sun. The world is 1920s Kenya, where a glamorous and decadent circle of British expats have carved out a toe-hold of civilization at the edge of the boundless frontier.
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 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required, please call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online. All lecture ticket purchases are nonrefundable.
If you are an Insiders member ($500 Patron level and above), please email your reservation request to Insiders@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or call 404.814.4101.
- Audience:Interests:Aug 5 2015 - 7:00pm
- Interests:Aug 24 2015 - 7:00pm
Hollywood directors John Ford, George Stevens, and Samuel Fuller entertained audiences with cinema classics like The Grapes of Wrath, Shane and The Big Red One. But their most important contribution to history may have been their work in the U.S. Armed Forces and Secret Services, filming the realities of war and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Their documentation provides an essential visual record of WWII. Combining a wealth of rare material, including private letters and footage from their own personal archives, From Hollywood to Nuremberg explores these filmmakers’ experiences during and after WWII, their confrontation with Nazi atrocities, and the mark that left on them as artists.
- Interests:Aug 25 2015 - 8:00pm
In today’s political discourse, consideration of complex issues is often reduced to asking: What would the Founders do? In The Jefferson Rule, David Sehat examines how we came to view this bitterly divided generation as a cohesive group of visionaries – and how both the Left and the Right cite these argumentative Founders as though they would unanimously support widely divergent present-day policies.
- Interests:Sep 3 2015 - 6:00pm
Chef of the award-winning Atlanta restaurant Miller Union, Steven Satterfield – dubbed the “Vegetable Shaman” by the New York Times’s Sam Sifton – has enchanted diners with his vegetable dishes, capturing the essence of fresh produce through a simple, elegant cooking style. Like his contemporaries April Bloomfield and Fergus Henderson, who use the whole animal from nose to tail in their dishes, Satterfield believes in making the most out of the edible parts of the plant, from root to leaf. Satterfield embodies an authentic approach to farmstead-inspired cooking, incorporating seasonal fresh produce into everyday cuisine. His trademark is simple food, and in his creative hands he continually updates the region’s legendary dishes – easy yet sublime fare that can be made in the home kitchen.
- Interests:Sep 10 2015 - 8:00pm
Lincoln’s Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months That Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War is a riveting account of the 180 days leading up to the signing of one of America’s most historic documents, as seen through the eyes of our most popular and enigmatic president: the ever-fascinating Abraham Lincoln.
- Interests:Sep 14 2015 - 7:00pm
Twenty-three years after the fateful summer of 1990, Trevor Riddell recalls the events surrounding his fourteenth birthday, when he gets his first glimpse of the infamous Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound.
- Interests:Sep 17 2015 - 7:00pm
Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women – a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow – who were spies.
- Interests:Sep 18 2015 - 8:00pm
Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity, but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In this stunning new biography, award-winning author Wil Haygood details the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past one hundred years.
- Interests:Sep 28 2015 - 7:30pm
Join First Lady Sandra Deal, her co-authors, Dr. Jennifer Dickey and Dr. Catherine Lewis, and members of Georgia's first families for a lively evening of storytelling about life in Georgia's most public house. The evening will be filled with behind-the-scenes stories of what it is like to live in the Georgia Governor's Mansion, first occupied by the family of Lester Maddox in 1968. The event will be followed by a book signing of their newest book, Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia's Governor’s Mansion.
- Interests:Oct 1 2015 - 8:00pm
Thousands of Nazis — from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich — came to the United States after World War II and quietly settled into new lives. They had little trouble getting in. With scant scrutiny, many gained entry on their own as self-styled war "refugees," their pasts easily disguised and their war crimes soon forgotten. But some had help and protection from the U.S. government. The CIA, the FBI, and the military all put Hitler's minions to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers, whitewashing their histories.