Concord Museum Forums

 

Concord Museum Forums are a series of public programs designed to foster dialogue on a diverse range of historical, contemporary, and cultural topics that resonate with Concord’s history.

Many Forums are hybrid format (both in-person at the Museum and live-streamed), making them accessible to an even wider audience. Please check details on on the Concord Museum website. 

Learn more about upcoming (and recently held) programs below, and by visiting the Concord Museum's calendar pages

 


 

 

Upcoming Programs:

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 from 7 - 8pm - Hannah Carlson, fashion historian at the Rhode Island School of Design, joins us for a conversation on the issues of gender politics, security, sexuality, power, and privilege tucked inside our pockets. Beginning 500 years ago when medieval tailors stitched the first pockets into men’s trousers, Dr. Carlson introduces a range of social issues that we continue to wrestle with today.

register for the program here

purchase Pockets here

 

 

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 7 - 8pm - More than two centuries after his birth, Ralph Waldo Emerson remains one of the presiding spirits in American culture. Yet his reputation as the starry-eyed prophet of self-reliance has obscured a much more complicated figure who spent a lifetime wrestling with injustice, philosophy, art, desire, and suffering. James Marcus introduces us to this Emerson, a writer of self-interrogating genius whose visionary flights are always grounded in Yankee shrewdness.

register for the program here

purchase Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson here

 

 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024 from 7 - 8pm - Join Dartmouth College Historian Matthew F. Delmont for a forum on his award-winning new book Half American: The Heroic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad.  More than one million Black soldiers served in World War II in segregated units while waging a dual battle against inequality in the very country for which they were laying down their lives. Professor Delmont retells the history of the war centering the stories of Black veterans who have long been ignored.

register for the program here

purchase Half American here

 

 

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024 from 7 - 8pm - 

register for the program here

purchase American Bloods here

 

 

 

 

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Recent Programs:

Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 7 - 8pm - New York Times bestselling author and award-winning historian Katherine Howe joins us to discuss her new novel A True Account: Hannah Masury’s Sojourn Amongst the Pyrates, Written by Herself.  Set in Boston during the Golden Age of Piracy, A True Account takes us on one young woman’s adventure as one of the most terrifying sea rovers of all time.

register for the program here

purchase A True Account here

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 7 - 8pm - Drew Gilpin Faust, President Emerita of Harvard University, joins us for a special evening reflecting on her memoir, Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Midcentury.  Professor Faust reflects on the formative experiences of her youth during the turbulence of the 1950s and 60s – including her time as a student at Concord Academy – that shaped her as a civil rights activist, historian of the South, and first female president of Harvard University.

register for the live-streamed program here (in-person tickets are sold out)

purchase Necessary Trouble here

 

 

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 7 - 8pm - Music historian Judith Tick takes on a music-filled journey through the life of American music titan, Ella Fitzgerald.  In Becoming Ella Fitzgerald, the first major biography since Fitzgerald’s death, Professor Tick draws on deep archival research, family interviews, and newly available recordings and concert footage to show how the musician fused a Black vocal aesthetic with mainstream popular repertoire to revolutionize American music.

Professor Tick will be joined in conversation by George W. Russell Jr., chair of the Harmony and Jazz Composition Department at Berklee College of Music.

register for the program here

purchase Becoming Ella Fitzgerald here

 

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 7 - 8pm - Leila Philip, professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross, highlights how beavers played an oversized role in American history and how they can play an important role in its future.  Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America is a poignant personal narrative, a startling portrait of the secretive world of the contemporary fur trade, and an engrossing ecological and historical investigation of these heroic animals who, once trapped to the point of extinction, have returned to the landscape as one of the greatest conservation stories of the 20th century.

 

register for the program here

purchase Beaverland here

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Books for the Concord Museum Forums are available to purchase below. You may choose to pick-up your order at the Concord Bookshop, or select Media Mail shipping ($4.99)

 

Pockets: An Intimate History of How We Keep Things Close By Hannah Carlson Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781643751542
Availability: usually available in 3-5 business days
Published: Algonquin Books - September 12th, 2023

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Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson By James Marcus Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691254333
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Princeton University Press - March 5th, 2024

Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad By Matthew F. Delmont Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984880390
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - October 18th, 2022

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American Bloods: The Untamed Dynasty That Shaped a Nation By John Kaag Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374103910
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 14th, 2024

A True Account: Hannah Masury’s Sojourn Amongst the Pyrates, Written by Herself By Katherine Howe Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250304889
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - November 21st, 2023

Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Midcentury By Drew Gilpin Faust Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374601805
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 22nd, 2023

Becoming Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Transformed American Song By Judith Tick Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780393241051
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 5th, 2023

Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America By Leila Philip Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781538755204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Twelve - January 30th, 2024