Suggested Festival programs for History Buffs


This year’s Festival caters to a wide variety of interests and will especially delight history buffs. Check out these suggested programs…

Leading Lives, in Bondage or Free

Thu. March 21, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
UVA Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

This program explores the narratives of African American men and women who helped shape American history and fought for social justice. Saidiya Hartman (Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments), DaMaris Hill (A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing), and Christina Proenza-Coles (American Founders) bring to life important narratives of African-American men and women, their leadership roles in our country’s development, their commitment to social justice, and the experiences of women of color “bound yet unbridled.”

All of Our Rights: America’s Legacy of Inequality

Thu. March 21, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
The Paramount Theater
Tickets are available here.

Carol Anderson (One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy), Michael Eric Dyson (What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America), and Martha S. Jones (Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America) discuss resistance, civil rights, and racism in America. Moderated by Jamelle Bouie, columnist for the New York Times Opinion pages and a political analyst for CBS News.

Women and War: Untold Stories

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
City Council Chambers

Often untold, this program explores the impacts of war on two different generations of women. Join authors Heath Lee (The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home) and Eileen Rivers (Beyond the Call: Three Women 0n the Front Lines in Afghanistan) as they tell their compelling stories experiencing war both from the frontline and the home front.

Civil War: Places, Politics, and Armies

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
UVA Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

Civil War buffs will enjoy this program, featuring historians J. Matthew Gallman (co-editor of Civil War Places), Stephen E. Maizlish (A Strife of Tongues), and Elizabeth R. Varon (Armies of Deliverance) in a discussion of the various elements leading up to the Civil War.

Overcoming the Odds: Biographies of Great American Leaders

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life) and David W. Blight (Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom) discuss the lives of two iconic African American activist-leaders: Arthur Ashe and Frederick Douglass. Their masterful biographies cover the accomplishments of these great men and reveal the character and fortitude it took for them to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

Reexamining the Birth of a Nation: Jamestown and 1619

Sun. March 24, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
James Monroe’s Highland

James Horn (1619) and Joseph Kelly (Marooned) reflect on the conflicting origin stories of both democracy and inequality in America and how history mirrors both the present and past.

Jefferson on Display

Sun. March 24, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Monticello’s David M Rubenstein Visitor Center

Join G.S. Wilson (Jefferson on Display) in a discussion on how Thomas Jefferson’s image, cultivated through his physical presentation, clothing choices, and etiquette, can offer insight into his complex character and the powerful effect he had on others.

In support of this program, Monticello is pleased to offer a Festival discount for Day Passes between March 17-24, using promo code FESTIVAL. Passes may be purchased online or in person with the promo code. Monticello will also host “Literary Lunch” at Monticello’s Farm Table café, featuring special offerings during the week of the Festival. CLICK HERE for more details.