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2006 Public Programs

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

    Even we here ...
    A One-Person Play in the Words of Abraham Lincoln
    Assembled and performed by Michael Fox Kennedy

    The language of Even we here... comes from Lincoln's personal letters, recorded remarks, speeches, wartime messages, and other sources. Forceful and vivid, with great variety of mood and tone, it evokes Lincoln's tenderness, indignation, humor, grief, defiance, and passionate eloquence. While the play often touches on Lincoln's personal life as a husband and father, it focuses primarily on his rise from obscurity in Illinois, his struggle against slavery, and his ordeal in the Civil War. In the end, Lincoln's words of hope survive the assassin's bullet.

    Michael Fox Kennedy trained as an actor at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut and as a Fulbright Scholar at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has written several plays, one of which was produced on National Public Radio. He was inspired to create Even we here... by a love for Lincoln and a belief that Lincoln's words could strengthen our understanding of the ideals and principles on which the nation is founded. He assembled the Lincoln texts, wrote the transitions, and designed the production. Thomas Griffin directed.

  • Friday, June 16, 2006
    The twenty-fourth annual James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book

    We declare you independent whether you wish it or not: The Print Culture of Early Filibusterism
    by David S. Shields

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

    The Third Annual Robert C. Baron Lecture
    Righteous Empire: The Protestant Experience in America
    by Martin E. Marty


  • Thursday, October 19, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

    Benjamin Franklin and Music
    by Ellen R. Cohn

    In honor of the tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, historian and musician Ellen Cohn will present a lecture/recital focusing on Franklin's musical life -- the instruments he played, his theories of musical aesthetics, and the songs he loved to sing. She will illustrate it with examples of the kinds of music that Franklin admired and with some of Franklin's own songs including a ballad he wrote when he was twelve years old, a love song he wrote for his wife, and clever drinking songs that enjoyed widespread popularity.

    Ellen R. Cohn is editor-in-chief of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin (Yale University Press), a comprehensive, annotated edition of Franklin's writings and correspondence, and senior research scholar in the History Department at Yale University. She has published and lectured widely on various aspects of Franklin's life, from his charting of the Gulf Stream to his activities as a printer in France, and is the outstanding authority on Franklin's musical interests. Ellen Cohn also was trained as a classical pianist. Since 1976 she has been a performer of traditional songs and instrumental music of North America and the British Isles, playing piano, guitar, mandolin and concertina. She has toured, either with groups or solo, throughout the United States, Canada, England and France.


  • Thursday, November 2, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

    Blue Colonial
    by David Roderick Blue 

    Blue Colonial (Copper Canyon Press, 2006) is the winner of the ninth annual American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, a competition judged this year by Robert Pinsky. In this collection, David Roderick re-imagines the past in order to explore the burdens of our historical inheritance: vanished Native American tribes, the seeds of American culture, and our physical and psychological encroachment on the natural landscape. Whether he is writing about historical legacy or his own back yard, Roderick has arrived at a voice of distinct solitariness and precise observation.

    David Roderick conducted research for Blue Colonial at AAS as a Robert and Charlotte Baron Creative and Performing Artist and Writers Fellow in 2003. He earned an M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Massachusetts and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. A native of Plymouth, Massachusetts, he is currently the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

    by Nathaniel Philbrick Mayflower

    In this lecture based on his latest work, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (Viking, 2006), bestselling author and National Book Award winner, Nathaniel Philbrick explains in riveting detail the startling tale of our country's origins -- the half-century that began in peril, ended in war and contained seeds of everything that would come to define America and its inexorable push west. Philbrick relays the stories beyond the myths of the Pilgrims detailing the dramatic story of first settlement through King Philip's War while weaving an epic tale of human endurance, diplomacy, violence, cowardice, and heroism.

    Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the acclaimed international bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, which spent over 40 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2000. Philbrick has also written Sea of Glory: The Epic South Seas Expedition, 1838-42 and Revenge of the Whale, an account of the Essex disaster for young readers. He is founding director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies on Nantucket Island and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. A champion sailboat racer, he has also written extensively about sailing.


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