The 2016-17 Jepson Leadership Forum, “Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial [In]Justice,” follows America’s struggle for racial justice. Discussions with award-winning, notable experts will focus on topics related to slavery, civil war and civil rights all the way through to present day.

Programs include:

  • Sept. 15, Annette Gordon-Reed
    Gordon-Reed, a Harvard University historian and law professor, is co-author of “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.” Among other things, Gordon-Reed’s scholarship explores the life of Thomas Jefferson.
  • Oct. 19, Ira Berlin
    Berlin, professor at University of Maryland, has written extensively on southern and African-American history. In 2015, he was one of two recipients of the American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction.
  • Nov. 15, Eric Foner
    A professor at Columbia University, Foner is regarded as the leading authority on the Reconstruction Era in the United States. His book, “Reconstruction,” examines responses to the changes brought about by the Civil War and the end of slavery.
  • Jan. 24, Isabel Wilkerson
    Wilkerson is the author of the best-seller “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” A journalist, Wilkerson was the first African-American woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize.
  • Feb. 15, Jamelle Bouie
    Chief political correspondent for Slate magazine and a political analyst for CBS News, Bouie’s reporting covers campaigns, elections and national affairs.
  • March 21, Thomas F. Jackson
    Jackson is a historian at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an American Civil Rights Movement scholar. His award-winning book, “From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle of Economic Justice,” examines the contexts and meanings of King’s message.

All programs take place at 7 p.m. Events are free and open to the public, but registration is required and opens three weeks prior to each event. Audience members will have opportunities to interact with the speakers during book signings and receptions. For more information and venue information, visit

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