In The Black Calhouns, Gail Lumet Buckley – daughter of performer Lena Horne – delves deep into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African American family from Civil War to Civil Rights. Beginning with her great-great-grandfather Moses Calhoun, a house slave who used the rare advantage of his education to become a successful businessman in postwar Atlanta, Buckley follows her family’s two branches: one that stayed in the South and the other that settled in Brooklyn.
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:Feb 25 2016 - 7:00pm
- Interests:Mar 1 2016 - 7:00pm
With everyone onboard harboring dark secrets and at least one person determined to make sure the Hindenburg doesn't make the return trip, Flight of Dreams gives an utterly suspenseful, heart-wrenching explanation for one of the most enduring mysteries of the 20th century.
- Interests:Mar 8 2016 - 8:00pm
In 1962, boxing writers and fans considered Cassius Clay an obnoxious self-promoter, and few believed that he would become the heavyweight champion of the world. But Malcolm X, the most famous minister in the Nation of Islam, a sect many white Americans deemed a hate cult, saw the potential in Clay. Malcolm X believed that Clay would achieve boxing greatness, making him a great messenger for the Nation of Islam. The two became fast friends, keeping their interactions secret from the press for fear of jeopardizing Clay’s career.
- Interests:Mar 10 2016 - 8:00pm
Playing to the Edge is an unprecedented narrative of America’s intelligence wars at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change. For retired Air Force General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. That’s a superior choice, he believes, to playing back, where you may protect yourself but be less successful in protecting America. "Play to the edge" was Hayden's guiding principle when he led the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran the Central Intelligence Agency.
- Interests:Mar 24 2016 - 7:00pm
Pauli Murray first saw Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933, at the height of the Depression, at a government-sponsored, 200-acre camp for unemployed women where Murray, the granddaughter of a mulatto slave, was living. The First Lady had pushed her husband to set up the camp in her effort to do what she could for working women and the poor. Roosevelt, whose ancestry gave her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, drove up one day unannounced, her secretary and a Secret Service agent her passengers. To Murray, then 23, Roosevelt’s self-assurance was a symbol of women’s independence, one that influenced her life.
- Interests:Mar 25 2016 - 7:00pm
Lauren Weedman, former Daily Show correspondent and acclaimed star of HBO’s Looking, is not OK. She’s living what should be the good life in sunny Los Angeles. She has a great career, a loving husband, and an adorable baby boy, but she finds herself starring in a tabloid-worthy nightmare. In Miss Fortune, her second collection of nonfiction stories, Weedman turns a piercingly observant, darkly funny lens on the way her life is actually Not OK.
- Interests:Mar 28 2016 - 7:00pm
The suspenseful novel Two If By Sea is about the best and worst in people, and the possibility of heroism and even magic in ordinary life.
Just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy joins his volunteer rescue unit and pulls a little boy from a submerged car. Without quite knowing why, Frank sidesteps the law, when, instead of turning Ian over to the Red Cross, he takes him to the Midwestern farm of Frank’s youth. There, Frank begins to suspect that Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift.
- Interests:Apr 11 2016 - 8:00pm
National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown, and his surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of the Godfather of Soul but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by the singer’s legacy.
- Apr 12 2016 - 6:30pm
Award-winning authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee will be your culinary ambassadors for the evening, sharing charming insights into the South’s most storied and buzzed-about food and food destinations. With special host Angie Mosier, food stylist, cookbook photographer, pastry chef, and past president of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
- Interests:Apr 14 2016 - 7:00pm
The year is 1843, the place, New York City. Aurora reporter Walt Whitman arrives at The Tombs prison yard where his friend, Lena Stowe, is scheduled to hang for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Whitman intends to present evidence on Lena's behalf, but is turned away by the sheriff. Lena drops to her death, and Walt vows to exonerate her.