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Friday, February 10, 2012

Harvard Professor Annette Gordon-Reed will Discuss “Slavery and Race: Monticello Legacies” at March 5 Thomas Lecture

NOTE: The Thomas Lecture has been moved to the faculty lounge.

Harvard Professor Annette Gordon-Reed will deliver the 2011-2012 James A. Thomas Lecture on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Yale Law School. The lecture is titled “Slavery and Race: Monticello Legacies.” It will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the faculty lounge and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room.

Gordon-Reed is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She previously taught at New York Law School and Rutgers University-Newark.

For her epic work, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” Gordon-Reed won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History and the 2008 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, along with 12 other awards. She was the first black person to win the Pulitzer Prize in History and the first black female to win the National Book Award in the non-fiction category. Gordon-Reed was awarded a 2009 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama and was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow in 2010. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Gordon-Reed’s other published works include the groundbreaking “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy” (1997); “Vernon Can Read: A Memoir,” which she co-wrote with the famed civil rights leader, lawyer, and presidential advisor, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr; and, most recently, “Andrew Johnson,” a short biography of America's 17th president.

She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. Prior to becoming an academic, she was Counsel to the New York City Board of Correction. She began her legal career as an associate at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York City.

The James A. Thomas Lecture was established in 1989 in honor of Dean James A. Thomas ’64 and his many years of service to Yale Law School. It brings to the Law School a scholar whose work addresses the concerns of communities or groups currently marginalized within the legal academy or society at large.