Professor Annette Gordon-Reed delivered the 2011-2012 James A. Thomas Lecture on March 5, 2012, at Yale Law School. In her lecture – titled “Slavery and Race: Monticello Legacies” – Professor Gordon-Reed discusses the struggles implicit in Jefferson’s Monticello and their relationship to our national identity and ideals.
Gordon-Reed is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her epic work, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History, as well as the 2008 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, as well as some twelve other awards. Gordon-Reed was awarded a 2009 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama and was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow in 2010.