The Washington Library's Digital Book Talk series features LIVE conversations with leading historians and scholars of early America. Please join us for fascinating discussions about the past and for your opportunity to ask our guests questions about their work.

Approximately one week before each lecture, YouTube links will be posted to this page for free events. You can also join us live on Facebook and Twitter. All times are shown in Eastern Time.

Digital Talks from 2020 can be found here.

Upcoming Talks

Wednesday, October 27 at 7 pm ET: Carolyn Eastman

Mount Vernon welcomes Dr. Carolyn Eastman to discuss her new book The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States' First Forgotten Celebrity during this Ford Evening Book Talk.

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Tuesday, November 16 at 7 pm ET: Andrew Roberts

Mount Vernon welcomes author Andrew Roberts to discuss his new book The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III during this Ford Evening Book Talk.

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Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm ET: An Evening with Gordon Wood

Join us for a special evening honoring renowned scholar Dr. Gordon S. Wood. Enjoy a robust conversation focused on Wood's remarkable career, transformational scholarship, and discuss Wood's new book, Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution.

The in-person event includes a reception and book signing with the author. You can also attend virtually and receive a signed copy of the book by mail.

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Book Talks, Lectures, and Symposiums

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Scheduled for 10/27/2021 07:05 PM (ET)

Ford Evening Book Talk: Carolyn Eastman

Scheduled for 10/27/2021 07:05 PM (ET)
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Scheduled for 11/16/2021 07:00 PM (ET)

Ford Evening Book Talk: Andrew Roberts

Scheduled for 11/16/2021 07:00 PM (ET)
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George Washington and the Age of Discovery

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Julie Flavell

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Christopher Pearl

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Transatlantic Slavery Symposium: Capitalism and Slavery

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Unearthing James Monroe’s Life

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New Frontiers in Early American History

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Washington, Franklin, and the British

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Elizabeth R. Varon: George Washington Symposium

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Jeffrey L. Pasley: George Washington Symposium

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David O. Stewart: George Washington Symposium

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Ford Evening Book Talk

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Pandemics in American History

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George Washington Book Prize 2020 Finalists

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Ford Evening Book Talk

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Washington and Jefferson: It's Complicated

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Ford Evening Book Talk

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Book Talk Tuesday

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Book Talk Tuesday

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Georgian Papers Programme

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Douglas Ginsburg and David Rubenstein

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Remembering and Rediscovering Mary Ball Washington

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Book Talk: Jamie Goodall

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Ford Evening Book Talk

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Book Talk Tuesday

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Digital Ford Evening Book Talk

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Book Talk Tuesday

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Book Talk Tuesday

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Book Talk Tuesday

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Book Talk Tuesday

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Library Book Talk LIVE

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Carolyn Eastman


Dr. Carolyn Eastman will discuss her new book The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States' First Forgotten Celebrity.

Andrew Roberts


Andrew Roberts will discuss his new book The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III.

Past Talks

George Washington and the Age of Discovery


The 2021 USC George Washington Leadership Lecture will feature NASA’s Chief Scientist, Dr. James Green, in a discussion that will parallel George Washington’s age of exploration and discovery with our own time.

Civic Education in America: Origins, Aspirations, Challenges


This year’s exciting program will explore why civic education was so important to America's Founding generation and what we are learning in the twenty-first century about how we should prepare students for a lifetime of citizenship.

Julie Flavell


Join Mount Vernon for a virtual Ford Evening Book Talk with Dr. Julie Flavell. We will discuss her new book The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain's Wars for America.

Christopher Pearl


Mount Vernon welcomes author Christopher Pearl to the Smith Auditorium to discuss his new book Conceived in Crisis: The Revolutionary Creation of an American State.

Public Memory and Oral History


Join historian Annette Gordon-Reed as she leads a panel discussion about the importance of oral histories in understanding how individuals and communities experienced the forces of history. The panel will include Andrew Davenport, Justin Reid, and Alan Rice.

Public Programming and Interpreting Slavery in the Founding Era


Join Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Brandon Dillard, and Brenda Parker as they discuss how their three institutions contextualize and interpret Slavery in the Founding Era.

Historic Sites Interpreting Slavery


Dr. Laura Sandy will lead a discussion about interpreting slavery at historic sites on both sides of the Atlantic. The panel will feature Dr. Christo Kefalas, Dr. Antoinette T. Jackson, and Jean-Francis Manicom,

Capitalism and Slavery


Join Dr. Stephen Mullen, Dr. Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Dr. Ronald Bailey, and Dr. Andrew O'Shaughnessy (moderator) as they discuss the connections between slavery and global economic development.

Constitutions and Slavery


Dr. Kevin Butterfield will moderate a discussion about constitutions and slavery in a transatlantic setting. This panel will feature Dr. David Waldstreicher, Dr. Robert J. Cottrol, and Dr. Padraic X. Scanlan.

Transatlantic Abolition and Law


Dr. Miranda Kaufmann will lead a panel discussion on how the law and abolition affected the lives of enslaved people on both sides of the Atlantic. Joining her to discuss this topic are Dr. John Cairns, Dr. Vincent Brown, and Dr. Manisha Sinha.

Religion and the American Revolution: A Conversation with Katherine Carté


Dr. Katherine Carté will discuss her new book Religion and the American Revolution: An Imperial History.

David O. Stewart


Mount Vernon welcomes author David O. Stewart to the Ford Orientation Center's Smith Theater to discuss his book George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father.

Honoring Lady Washington, Character Interpretation at Historic Sites


The Annual Martha Washington Lecture pays special tribute to the groundbreaking career of Mary Wiseman. She will be joined by Beth Kelly of Colonial Williamsburg and Christy Coleman of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Lorri Glover


During this Ford Evening Book Talk Dr. Lorri Glover will discuss her new book, Eliza Lucas Pinckney: An Independent Woman in the Age of Revolution.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers


Honorée Fanonne Jeffers will discuss her recent book, The Age of Phillis.

Peter Cozzens


Peter Cozzens will explore his latest book, Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation.

Patrick O'Donnell


During this Ford Evening Book Talk Patrick O'Donnell will discuss his new book, The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Marines Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware.

Stephen H. Browne


Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Dr. Stephen H. Browne to discuss his new book, The First Inauguration: George Washington and the Invention of the Republic.

Michael Hattem


Dr. Michael D. Hattem will discuss his book, Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution.

David Head


Dr. David Head will explore his new book, A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution, which was a finalist for the 2020 George Washington Prize.

The Final Founder


Join the Washington Library, the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics, and Preservation Virginia's John Marshall House for a virtual talk with Robert Strauss about his new book, John Marshall: The Final Founder.

Tamika Nunley


Dr. Tamika Y. Nunley will discuss her new book, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C.

Marcus Nevius


Marcus P. Nevius will discuss his latest book, City of Refuge: Slavery and Petit Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763-1856.

Elaine A. Peña


We will discuss Elaine A. Peña's new book, ¡Viva George! Celebrating Washington's Birthday at the US-Mexico Border.

Donald Johnson


Donald F. Johnson will explore his new book Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution.

Nathaniel Green


Nathaniel C. Green will discuss his new book, The Man of the People: Political Dissent and the Making of the American Presidency.

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