Celebrate Juneteenth at these Live Events
Dr. Drew Lanham will be giving a live book talk on June 18, 2020 at 7 PM via Zoom. He will be discussing his memoir, The Home Place, and first book of poems, Sparrow Envy. Dr. Lanham will reflect on his life as a rural southern black man in love with wildness. He’ll also broach how nature’s recovery from the sordid history of enslavement has lessons to teach that may be applicable to today’s struggles with identity and inequity. Dr. Lanham is a native of Edgefield, South Carolina, and an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist, writer, and poet. Register here.
Join Dr. Matt Reeves, Montpelier’s Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration, on June 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm for a virtual exploration of the sites of emancipation at Montpelier! Archaeological surveys, combined with historical research, have revealed how many of the enslaved community took their quest for freedom into their own hands. This virtual tour will explore the sites of emancipation at Montpelier, including the Gilmore Cabin. Register here.
Dr. Bettye Kearse will be giving a live book talk on June 25, 2020 at 7 PM via Zoom. She will be discussing her book, The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family. The book is an intimate work of narrative nonfiction that discovers, discloses, and embraces a more inclusive and complete American story. Dr. Kearse is an essayist and retired pediatrician. Register here.
When you’re done with “The Home Place,” it won’t be done with you. Its wonders will linger like everything luminous. You may want to hang out with Lanham so you can ask him how he put all of this together. Perhaps you’ll want to go hunting with him, even if you don’t hunt. You might find yourself hoping for a world where every family has a J. Drew Lanham in it. Someone to say, “We were right here once and this is how we arrived and this is who we were and this is how we lived and this is why we matter.”
Michael Kleber-Diggs, Review for StarTribune.