Events

Jun
7
Mon
2021
Adam Rothman, Elsa Barraza Mendoza & Lauret Savoy for FACING GEORGETOWN’S HISTORY
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jun
9
Wed
2021
Politics & Prose Live! “Facing Georgetown’s History” Adam Rothman, Elsa Mendoza, & Lauret Savoy
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jun
23
Wed
2021
Facing Georgetown’s History: Booktalk with Editors Adam Rothman & Elsa Barraza Mendoza
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mar
23
Wed
2022
American Society for Environmental History Meeting
Mar 23 @ 8:00 am – Mar 27 @ 4:00 pm
Mar
22
Wed
2023
Black Earth Wisdom: Soulful Conversations with Black Environmentalists – In Conversation with Leah Penniman @ Odyssey Bookshop
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us in person on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 PM as Leah Penniman talks about Black Earth Wisdom: Soulful Conversations with Black Environmentalists. She will be joined by contributor Lauret Savoy (author of Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape).

Contributors include: Alice Walker • adrienne maree brown • Dr. Ross Gay • Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson • Rue Mapp • Dr. Carolyn Finney • Audrey Peterman • Awise Agbaye Wande Abimbola • Ibrahim Abdul-Matin • Kendra Pierre-Louis • Latria Graham • Dr. Lauret Savoy •Ira Wallace • Savi Horne • Dr. Claudia Ford • Dr. J. Drew Lanham • Dr. Leni Sorensen • Queen Quet • Toshi Reagon • Yeye Luisah Teish • Yonnette Fleming • Naima Penniman • Angelou Ezeilo • James Edward Mills • Teresa Baker • Pandora Thomas • Toi Scott • Aleya Fraser • Chris Bolden-Newsome • Dr. Joshua Bennett • B. Anderson • Chris Hill • Greg Watson • T. Morgan Dixon • Dr. Dorceta Taylor • Colette Pichon Battle • Dillon Bernard • Sharon Lavigne • Steve Curwood • and Babalawo Enroue Halfkenny

Jun
15
Thu
2023
Audio & Print Release of “Ancestral Structures on the Trailing Edge”
Jun 15 @ 12:30 am – 11:45 pm

THE LAST BREATH before dawn. A moment of undefined edges slipping between dark and light, when it seems one might step through time and space merged.

From the crest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge I look over what, at the close of night, appears to be a vast, wind-silenced sea. Fog bound. Mist covered. Soon . . . slant light details land contouring beneath diffusing vapor; contours bound only by the dawn horizon. These lithic swells of the Piedmont—the foot of the mountains—extend eastward toward the tidewater coastal plain, toward Chesapeake Bay, toward the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

The first time I stood at such an overlook in Shenandoah National Park, a child of eight or nine beholding mist-becoming-earth, I thought eternity resided here. An existence that had to exceed human breadth. In later years I learned other scales of time and the ticks by which it is measured . . .

Aug
25
Fri
2023
Beyond Granite: Pulling Together Convening – Legacies and Futures of the National Mall @ United States Institute of Peace
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Panel 1: The National Mall: Local, National, Transnational

9:30-10:45 am  (In video the panel begins at 46:30)

An enriching discussion on the themes of Beyond Granite: Pulling Together that unearths the untold stories of the National Mall. Join leading scholars and authors in the field as they explore questions that shed light on connections between narratives within this hollowed site and our understanding of the landmark at both local and federal levels. Panelists will delve into the historical backdrop preceding the creation of the National Mall and point toward stories that extend beyond its hallowed grounds. Moderated by Amber Wiley from the University of Pennsylvania, this esteemed panel features renowned scholars and authors sharing insights from their works, including Lauret Savoy (Author of Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape), Natalie Hopkinson (Author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City), and Kirk Savage (Author of Monument Wars).

Mar
26
Tue
2024
Harvard Graduate School of Design Lecture: Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape @ Harvard GSD, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium
Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Harvard Graduate School of Design Lecture: Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape @ Harvard GSD, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium

Sand and stone are Earth’s fragmented memory. Each of us is also a landscape inscribed by memory and loss. Lauret Savoy’s Trace interweaves journeys and historical inquiry across a continent and time to explore how this country’s still unfolding history has marked the land, this society, and her. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds to names on the land, from “Indian Territory” and the U.S.-Mexico Border to the U.S. capital, Trace grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often-unvoiced presence of the past. Lauret will offer elements from this book and introduce her current project on the Chesapeake region. The new work braids histories of the land and of “race” using as a lens her search for ancestors, lives entwined by converging diasporas from Africa, Indigenous America, and the Indian Ocean basin with immigrants from Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Their stories are entangled with the rise and fall of tobacco agriculture and the origin and growth of the capital city along the Potomac River. Lauret delves through fragmented histories—geological, personal, cultural—to find shadowy outlines of other stories of place in America. She asks, what is your relationship with history, told and untold, on this land?

This program is co-sponsored by the GSD, the Environment Forum at the Mahindra Humanities Center, and the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability.