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.
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.
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- Audience:Interests:Sep 30 2014 - 8:00pm
- 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.
- Interests:Oct 14 2014 - 7:00pm
The Human Body is the long awaited second novel by Italian author Paolo Giordano, and is an inspired story of modern war that follows a motley cast of Italian soldiers stationed in one of the deadliest places on earth—Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ice in the Gulistan district of Afghanistan. It’s here, under the scorching, inescapable sun, a group of inexperienced soldiers are forced to navigate the irreversible journey from youth into manhood. Any false step along this treacherous terrain could cost them their lives.
- Interests:Oct 15 2014 - 7:00pm
"Make it gorgeous and they will come. Keep it that way and they will help." - Lynden B. Miller
- Interests:Oct 17 2014 - 7:00pm
For more than seventy-five years, Mammy from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind has endured as one of the most memorable and intriguing characters in literature. Now the Margaret Mitchell Estate has authorized the first novel to tell Mammy’s own remarkable story. Before Tara, before Scarlett and Rhett, before she was called Mammy, she was simply Ruth.
- Oct 22 2014 - 7:00pm
Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna--now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion.