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Published on Feb 18, 2014
The symposium was held October 18, 2013.
Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard), author of The Hemingses of Monticello, Andrew Johnson, Vernon Can Read!, others. Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Humanities Medal.
Bill Kelly (The Graduate Center, CUNY), author of Plotting America's Past: Fenimore Cooper and the Leatherstocking Tales; articles in TLS, N. Y. Times Book Review, American Scholar, & elsewhere.
Robert Reid-Pharr (The Graduate Center, CUNY), author of Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black Aemrican; and Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual.
Sean Wilentz (Princeton), author of The Rise of American Democracy, Bob Dylan in America, Chants Democratic, The Age of Reagan, others. Bancroft Prize, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Grammy Award nominee.
Brenda Wineapple (Columbia; The New School), author of Ecstatic Nation, White Heat, Hawthorne, Genêt, Sister Brother Gertrude and Leo Stein, others. Pushcart Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
Respondent: David S. Reynolds (The Graduate Center, CUNY), author of Beneath the American Renaissance, Walt Whitman's America, Mightier than the Sword, Faith in Fiction, others. Bancroft Prize, Christian Gauss Award.