Saturday, July 29, 2017
July 29-30, 2017: July 2017 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
July 3: Representing the Revolution: The Patriot: A July 4th series kicks off with the monstrous issue at the heart of Mel Gibson’s blockbuster film.
July 4: Representing the Revolution: The Adams Letters: The series continues with myths and realities of the Revolution contained in John and Abigail Adams’ correspondence.
July 5: Representing the Revolution: 1776 and Burr: Two complementary but contrasting efforts to humanize the founders, as the series rolls on.
July 6: Representing the Revolution: YA Novels: Three groundbreaking historical novels that reflect the evolution of young adult literature.
July 7: Representing the Revolution: TV Shows: And three television programs that likewise reflect that medium’s evolution.
July 8-9: Representing the Revolution: Hamilton: The series concludes with one critique and one celebration of the smash musical.
July 10: Thoreau’s Bicentennial: Civil Disobedience: For Thoreau’s 200th, a series kicks off with three lesser-known facts about his protest essay.
July 11: Thoreau’s Bicentennial: Cape Cod: The series continues with two reasons to read Thoreau’s often overlooked travel book.
July 12: Thoreau’s Bicentennial: Walden: Two new frames for Thoreau’s most famous project, as the birthday series rolls on.
July 13: Thoreau’s Bicentennial: A Walk to Wachusett: A simple and a more complex pleasure of Thoreau’s first published essay.
July 14: Thoreau’s Bicentennial: Friendships: What three of Thoreau’s social relationships can tell us about the man and the era.
July 15-16: Thoreau’s Bicentennial: Commemorating Henry: The series concludes with three distinct but interconnected ways to commemorate the birthday boy.
July 17: Historical Fictions: An Overview: A historical fiction series kicks off with period fiction, historical fiction, and where Gore Vidal’s America Chronicles fit in.
July 18: Historical Fictions: Kindred: The series continues with my first book highlight, Octavia Butler’s sci fi historical novel.
July 19: Historical Fictions: Cloudsplitter: Russell Banks’ epic story of John Brown, as the historical fiction highlights roll on.
July 20: Historical Fictions: James Michener: The continued pleasures of one of the genre’s most popular authors.
July 21: Historical Fictions: Five More Novels: For my final post in the series, briefly highlighting five more wonderful historical novels.
July 22-23: Crowd-sourced Historical Fiction: The series concludes with one of my fullest crowd-sourced posts ever—add your historical novel nominees to this wonderful list!
July 24: Talks and Events: Facing History and Ourselves: A series on recent talks starts with two benefits of my connection to a great educational organization.
July 25: Talks and Events: The Gardner Museum: The series continues with two reasons to visit and celebrate an exemplary local museum.
July 26: Talks and Events: The Stowe Prize: Two takeaways from Bryan Stevenson’s remarks in Hartford, as the series rolls on.
July 27: Talks and Events: The Harlem Renaissance for BOLLI: Two discoveries I made in preparing for a talk for Brandeis University’s adult learning program.
July 28: Talks and Events: Meeting the Scholars Strategy Network: The series concludes with three ways you can join the SSN Boston Chapter!
Next series starts Monday,
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