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The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Library & Archives and the Center for the Study of the American Constitution are very pleased to welcome Professor Annette Gordon-Reed as the guest speaker for the 2017 James Madison Lectures: Scholarship in Honor of Merrill Jensen.

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School. She won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton, 2009). Her most recently published book (co-authored with Peter S. Onuf) is Most Blessed of the Patriarchs’: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (Liveright Publishing, 2016). Her honors include a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award and the Woman of Power & Influence Award from the National Organization for Women in New York City.

In Madison, the free lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 11, at the Wisconsin Historical Society auditorium from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  (Professor Gordon-Reed will also offer her presentation at UW-Milwaukee on Thursday, October 12.)

Guests may also purchase tickets to take a bus tour to Forest Hill Cemetery to see Eston Hemings Jefferson’s grave and enjoy a private reception back at the Society afterwards.  Space is limited for post lecture events and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. For more information or to register for the event, click here.