The Gevirtz School is a campus partner co-presenting Annette Gordon-Reed and her talk On Juneteeth: ‘Freedom Day’ and Its Importance to American History on Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm at UCSB Campbell Hall. The event is part of UCSB Arts’ & Lectures 2021-22 series Justice for All, which the Gevirtz School is co-presenting in its entirety.
Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed is a leading voice on race and history in America. She received a Pulitzer Prize for her book The Hemingses of Monticello and has been honored with a National Humanities Medal. The New York Times Book Review hails Gordon-Reed as “one of the most astute, insightful, and forthright historians of this generation.”
Gordon-Reed’s new bestseller, On Juneteenth, weaves together history and heartfelt memoir to tell the sweeping story of Juneteenth and the larger fight for equality. “In a series of short, moving essays, [Gordon-Reed] explores ‘the long road’ to June 19, 1865…. [What] makes this slender book stand out is Gordon-Reed’s ability to combine clarity with subtlety, elegantly carving a path between competing positions,” writes Jennifer Szalai in the New York Times. “She leads by example, revisiting her own experiences, questioning her own assumptions—and showing that historical understanding is a process, not an end point.”
Tickets are $25 for the general public and free for UCSB students with current student ID. This event includes an at-home viewing option (live stream only; no replay). For tickets or more information see artsandlectures.ucsb.edu or call 805-893-3535.