Pulitzer Prize-winning Author/Historian Annette Gordon-Reed to Present "Rethinking History" at Bennington Center for the Arts

March 5, 2010

Pulitzer prize-winning author/historian Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, who was recently awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama, will deliver a lecture, entitled “Presidents, Family and Culture: Rethinking History,” at the Bennington Center for the Arts on Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Southern Vermont College as part of its 2009-2010 “From Inspiration to Innovation” lecture series. The lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception and book-signing (books provided by the Northshire Bookstore) to follow at the Bennington Center for the Arts. Gordon-Reed will also read and sign books on Saturday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. 

Gordon-Reed, a professor of law at New York Law School and professor of history at Rutgers University, won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for her 2008 book, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.” Her first book, “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy,” published in 1997, put into a national spotlight Gordon-Reed’s work on this previously unresolved part of history. Gordon-Reed has also co-authored a memoir with civil rights activist and presidential advisor Vernon Jordan, and she has edited an anthology, “Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History.” 

Her innovative research and prolific contribution to deepening the nation’s understanding of the humanities through history is what earned her the recent National Humanities Medal. Gordon-Reed is currently at work on several more historical accounts: a biography of President Andrew Johnson to be published this fall; a sequel to “The Hemingses of Monticello”; and an anthology as well as a biography of Jefferson.

 “I am delighted Annette is coming to Vermont,” said SVC President Karen Gross, a colleague of Professor Gordon-Reed at New York Law School. “She is an engaging scholar and teacher. The SVC community and the public will benefit from her wisdom; we look forward to welcoming her here.”

 Growing up in a racially-segregated town in Texas in the 1960s, Gordon-Reed made history as the first child to integrate to the town’s all-white schools. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. She practiced law in New York City, where she was also Counsel to the New York City Board of Corrections. She lectures at conferences on history and law-related topics across the country. 

For more information on the BCA lecture, contact SVC’s Office of Communications at 802-447-6389/6388, e-mail communications@svc.edu.