Past Programs

In the groundbreaking work, “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, Annette Gordon-Reed teamed up with America’s leading Jefferson scholar, Peter S. Onuf,…

 

On March 8, the Lapidus Center presented the New York City premiere of WGN America’s Underground, which follows a group of courageous men and women who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance…

 

The transatlantic slave trade and slavery: memory, memorialization, legacies, contemporary stakes. These are just some of the themes that an exceptional and diverse panel discussed at the conclusion of Black History…

 

Nat Turner’s Revolt of 1831 in Southampton, Virginia, is both the best known slave rebellion in American history and the most mysterious. Turner came to believe he was…

 

  On October 20, the auditorium and an adjacent overflow space were full. Hundreds of people had gathered to view Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess by  film director Roy T. Anderson. Gloria Simms, who…

 

On June 11, 2015 in front of an appreciative and highly responsive audience (standing room only) director Roy T. Anderson presented his film Akwantu: The Journey, which documents the struggle for freedom of…

 

Secluded in the forests, the swamps and the mountains, or hidden at the borders of plantations, maroons all over the Americas led unique, secret lives, while fiercely maintaining their…

 

On May 6, 2015, Marcus Rediker presented Ghosts of Amistad, a documentary by Tony Buba, based on Rediker’s book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom .…