Sep 15, 2020, 12:45 PM (7 days ago)
Martha Jones: The Struggle for Voting Rights
Wed, September 23rd, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Martha S. Jones is Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy.
Professor Jones is the author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Cambridge University Press in 2018) and All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900 (University of North Carolina Press, 2007). She is also a coeditor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). She recently completed Vanguard: A History of African American Women’s Politics (Basic) – to be published in 2020 in conjunction with the 19th Amendment’s centennial – and is at work on a biography of US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney.
Professor Jones is recognized as a public historian, frequently writing for broader audiences at outlets including the Washington Post, the Atlantic, USA Today, Public Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Time, the curatorship of museum exhibitions including “Reframing the Color Line” and “Proclaiming Emancipation” in conjunction with the William L. Clements Library, and collaborations with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, the Southern Poverty Law Center, PBS, Netflix, and Arte (France.)
Professor Jones currently serves as a President of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and on the Organization of American Historians Executive Board.
This event is sponsored by the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, the History Department, and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies. Audience participation is encouraged. Please join the event using the Zoom link below.
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Tue, September 22nd, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A virtual conversation with Carol Anderson, professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Anderson is the author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy (2018) and the critically-acclaimed White Rage (2016).
Professor Anderson is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Cambridge University Press), which was awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards. Her book Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation,1941-1960 was published by Cambridge in 2014.
Her research has garnered substantial fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
She has also served on working groups dealing with race at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations. In addition, based on the strength and accessibility of her research, the leadership at Amnesty International, USA, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ford Foundation, and others have used Eyes Off the Prize to frame and examine their human rights work in the United States.
This has also led to sought after commentary in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and CNN.com that places contemporary issues dealing with race, human rights, and politics in a historical perspective. Her Washington Post op-ed, “White Rage,” was the most widely shared for the paper in 2014.
Professor Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.
Sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies. Audience participation is encouraged. Please use this link to join the event.