In collaboration with the Harvard Book Store, we (Boston Public Library) welcome acclaimed writer EDWARD BALL—author of the National Book Award–winning biography Slaves in the Family—for a discussion of his latest book, Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy. He will be joined in conversation by KENNETH W. MACK, the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University and author of Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer. BPL President David Leonard will be introducing this program.
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Edward Ball’s books include The Inventor and the Tycoon, about the birth of moving pictures in California, and Slaves in the Family, an account of his family’s history as slaveholders in South Carolina, which received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He has taught at Yale University and has been awarded fellowships by the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center. He is also the recipient of a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Kenneth W. Mack is the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also the co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School Program on Law and History. He is the author of Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (2012), and co-editor of The New Black: What Has Changed—And What Has Not—With Race in America (2013).