Book Talk: “The Ever-Changing Past” with James M. Banner, Jr.

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Date(s) - Tue, Jun 01, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join us on Tuesday, June 1st as renowned historian James M. Banner, Jr. discusses his latest book – The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History is Revisionist History – and makes the case that any examination of the past is subject to interpretation and reinterpretation. Taking readers from Thucydides to the origin of the French Revolution to the Civil War and beyond, Banner explores what historians do and why they do it.

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About the Speaker:

James M. Banner, Jr., holds a B.A. (’57) from Yale and a Ph.D. (’68) from Columbia, where he studied with Richard Hofstadter.  He was a member of the history department of Princeton from 1966 to 1980, which he left to found the American Association for the Advancement of the Humanities. A former Guggenheim Fellow, fellow of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard, member of the board of directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, and Fulbright Visiting Professor of American History at Charles University, Prague, he is the author of many books and articles in American history, the discipline of history, education, and public affairs. They include To the Hartford Convention: The Federalists and the Origins of Party Politics in Massachusetts, 1789-1815 (Knopf, 1969); with James M. McPherson et al., Blacks in America: Bibliographical Essays (Doubleday, 1971); with F. Sheldon Hackney and Barton J. Bernstein, Understanding the American Experience (2 vols.; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973); with Harold C. Cannon,  The Elements of Teaching (2d ed. Yale, 2007) and The Elements of Learning (Yale, 1999); ed. with John R. Gillis, Becoming Historians (Chicago, 2009); Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History (Cambridge, 2012); and ed. Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today (New Press, 2019), which The Economist and Foreign Affairs, placed on their Best Books of 2019 lists. The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History is Revisionist History (Yale 2021) is his most recent work. Banner has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, NBC’s Think, and other publications and outlets. He was a co-founder, with Joyce Appleby, of the History News Service and a moving spirit behind the founding of the National History Center of the American Historical Association.