Past lectures

Kelly Lytle Hernández

Speaker
Kelly Lytle Hernández
Lecture date
Originally aired: February 6th, 2024
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands

Kelly Lytle Hernández is a professor of history, African American studies, and urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles where she holds The Thomas E. Lifka Endowed Chair in History and directs the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. One of the nation’s leading experts on race, immigration, and mass incarceration, Lytle Hernández is the author of Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol and City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles.

In her latest book, Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands, Lytle Hernández frames our understanding of U.S. history in a groundbreaking narrative that tells the dramatic story of the magonistas, the migrant rebels who, from the United States, sparked the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Long ignored by textbooks, the magonistas threatened to undo the rise of Anglo-American power, on both sides of the border, and inspired a revolution that gave birth to the Mexican American population, making the magonistas’ story integral to modern American life, our understanding of our nation’s borders, and the American identity.

Jonathan Eig

Speaker
Jonathan Eig
Lecture date
Originally aired: October 17th, 2023
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title

Jonathan Eig is an American journalist and a biographer, acclaimed as a “master storyteller” by filmmaker Ken Burns. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, he is the author of six books, including three New York Times bestsellers.

Vividly written and exhaustively researched, Eig’s latest book, King: A Life is the first major biography in decades of the civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. — and the first to include recently declassified FBI files. As he follows MLK from the classroom to the pulpit to the streets of Birmingham, Selma, and Memphis, Eig dramatically re-creates the journey of a man who recast American race relations and became our only modern-day founding father — as well as the nation’s most mourned martyr. In this revelatory new portrait of the preacher and activist who shook the world, Eig gives us an intimate view of the courageous and often emotionally troubled human being who demanded peaceful protest for his movement but was rarely at peace with himself.

Past lecture series

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

Peniel E. Joseph

Speaker
Peniel E. Joseph
Date
May 23rd, 2023
Time
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Title
The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century

Douglas Brinkley

Speaker
Douglas Brinkley
Date
April 18th, 2023
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening

Mae Ngai

Speaker
Mae Ngai
Date
March 28th, 2023
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

Nina Totenberg

Speaker
Nina Totenberg
Date
February 2nd, 2023
Time
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Speaker
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Date
October 18th, 2022
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and President Lyndon B. Johnson

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Annette Gordon-Reed

Speaker
Annette Gordon-Reed
Date
May 10th, 2022
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
On Juneteenth

Heather Cox Richardson

Speaker
Heather Cox Richardson
Date
April 12th, 2022
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

Erik Larson

Speaker
Erik Larson
Date
March 1st, 2022
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During The Blitz

Fredrik Logevall

Speaker
Fredrik Logevall
Date
February 1st, 2022
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956

Yamiche Alcindor

Speaker
Yamiche Alcindor
Date
October 25th, 2021
Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Title
Truth in Journalism: Reporting on Politics and Identity in America