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Cliveden Conversations

October 17, 2011

This October Cliveden is presenting two new installments in their Cliveden Conversations series. These lectures, followed by facilitated discussion, continue to explore race, history and memory through ongoing research related to the Chew Papers.

At the Conversation on October 7th,there were about 20 people for a presentation by Dr. Steven Hahn, the Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn  spoke about what he sees as the causes of the Civil War, such as a nation expanded by slave-owning Presidents, Southern collaboration with Northerners and Northern businesses, European backing of the Confederacy, over confidence of the Confederacy etc.  The following discussion, mediated by Dr. Tom Gordon, went well as the attendees asked questions about and discussed Dr. Hahn’s thesis.

The next Conversation is Friday October 28th featuring a presentation by Iain Haley Pollock entitled ‘Whisper and Creak: Poetry and the Persistence of Racial Memory’.  Mr. Pollack, an award-winning poet and professor at Chestnut Hill Academy, will explore his recent work Spit Back a Boy and how his sense of time, location, and memory in America have been shaped by the deep roots of growing up bi-racial and the descendent of enslaved persons.

The program on October 28th is from 7 – 9 PM in the Cliveden Carriage House, located at 6401 Germantown Avenue. Tickets are $5 per person and reservations are kindly requested. For more information or for tickets, call 215.848.1777 or visit their website.

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