Saturday, September 25, 2021 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Louis Masur / Rutgers University
Long after the Revolutionary era, John Adams asked “what do we mean by the American Revolution?” He said “the Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people,” that the real Revolution was a radical change in thinking—“the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people.”
Focusing on the ideas of such leaders as Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison and Washington, we shall examine that revolution in the principles and conflicts that characterized the revolutionary era of 1770-1800. Adams believed that through a common set of beliefs “thirteen clocks were made to strike together,” but by 1800 that unity of purpose had unraveled into violent political debate that threatened the survival of the nation. “Whether you or I were right, posterity must judge,” Adams wrote to Jefferson. We are that posterity.
Stephen Kotkin / Princeton University
China’s growth presents one of the most remarkable stories ever recorded in world history. Under Mao, half a century ago, the world’s most populous country experienced famine, mass violence, and chaos. Average income was a mere $200 – annually. Today, of course, China is the world’s second largest economy, and many predict it will soon overtake the United States.
How did this happen? Will China continue to flourish, or might it crash? Does China seek world domination? What are the consequences of China’s rise for the United States? What are China’s and America’s strengths and weaknesses? Why did President Donald Trump launch a trade war? How will the trade war evolve? In the end, can the two giants find a way to share the planet and address global problems together?
Marcia Chatelain / Georgetown University
In this lecture, Professor Chatelain will present different ways of looking at protests, boycotts, marches, and social change by shifting the lens on civil rights. Through the lessons of the evolution of African American rights from Jim Crow America to today, we will discuss how policies on black housing, policing, and business franchising have led to the unrest we see today. By using a very familiar example (McDonalds), we’ll learn about where we are now and how we got here.
Please note, this venue requires all guests to wear face masks indoors.