The latest from presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith is a biography of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself and how these decisions were often driven by the President’s deep religious faith. The 43rd U.S. president almost single-handedly decided to invade Iraq, which Smith considers possibly the worst foreign-policy decision ever made by a president.
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:Jul 14 2016 - 8:00pm
- Interests:Aug 18 2016 - 7:00pm
Even among the most troubled families, the Plumbs stand out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions reach a breaking point one afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo had a car accident, with a 19-year-old waitress as his passenger, that has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from receiving.
- Interests:Aug 25 2016 - 8:00pm
Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, Negroland is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture. Margo Jefferson tells it through the prism of her rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both.
- Interests:Aug 30 2016 - 7:00pm
When the doctor pronounces "incurable cancer" and gives Bobbie Blake one year to live, she agrees to accompany her niece, Tracie, on a trip to Austria, returning to The Oasis, a ministry center for refugees that Bobbie helped start 20 years earlier. Back to where there are so many memories of love and loss.
- Oct 19 2016 - 7:00pm
Doug Tallamy presents practical recommendations for how virtually everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. Chairman of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, Tallamy will discuss the unbreakable link between native plant species and wildlife.