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.
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:Oct 22 2014 - 7:00pm
- Interests:Oct 28 2014 - 7:30pm
Atlanta has long been central to, and a symbol of, the nation’s path toward social justice. From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta has marked the nation’s struggles for freedom and equality and often been the setting for crucial turning points in America’s history. The influence of Atlanta’s citizens during the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, and in every struggle for justice in between, continues to shape our perceptions – and experience – of race, belonging, and justice.
- Interests:Nov 3 2014 - 8:00pm
Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the story of how one of America’s most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. Charles Blow’s indelible coming-of-age takes place in an arresting, out-of-time American place: a segregated town in Louisiana where slavery’s legacy felt close, reverberating in the elders’ tales and in the near-constant wash of violence.
- Interests:Nov 6 2014 - 8:00pm
In 1915, two men—one a journalist agitator, the other a technically brilliant filmmaker—incited a public confrontation that roiled America, pitting black against white, Hollywood against Boston, and free speech against civil rights. Monroe Trotter and D.W. Griffith fought over the nation’s first blockbuster film, Birth of a Nation, a film that dramatized the Civil War and Reconstruction in a post-Confederate South and transformed the still-young America in profound ways.
- Interests:Nov 12 2014 - 7:00pm
Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times-Volume 2 is the second of two volumes that together explore the diverse and changing patterns of Georgia women’s lives.
- Interests:Nov 13 2014 - 8:00pm
By 1870, just five years after Confederate surrender and thirteen years after the Dred Scott decision ruled blacks ineligible for citizenship, Congressional action had ended slavery and given the vote to black men. That same year, Hiram Revels and Joseph Hayne Rainey became the first African-American U.S. senator and congressman respectively. In South Carolina, only twenty years after the death of arch-secessionist John C. Calhoun, a black man, Jasper J. Wright, took a seat on the state's Supreme Court.
- Interests:Nov 15 2014 - 8:00pm
Georgia Public Broadcasting's own Rickey Bevington hosts a stellar line-up of local scholars, poets, artists, and musicians in a far-reaching discussion of the coincident anniversaries of the 1864 Battles of Atlanta and 1964 Civil Rights Act. Panelists include Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; artist Robert Morris; singer-songwriter Caroline Herring; and historians Robert Pratt, Brett Gadsden, and Joseph Crespino. Come join this important public forum on how our divisive past can be transformed into collective meaning.
- Interests:Nov 17 2014 - 7:00pm
No one captures the complexities of Appalachia as evocatively and indelibly as author and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, two O Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions between the traditional and the modern, the old and new south, tenderness and violence, man and nature. Though the focus is regional, the themes of Rash’s work are universal, striking an emotional chord that resonates deep within each of our lives.
- Interests:Dec 2 2014 - 8:00pm
Sometime in April 2014, somewhere in a hospital in California, a Latino child tipped the demographic scales as Latinos displaced non-Hispanic whites as the largest racial/ethnic group in the state. So, one-hundred-sixty-six years after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo brought the Mexican province of Alta California into the United States, Latinos once again became the largest population in the state. Surprised? Texas will make the same transition sometime before 2020.