Join Stephen R. Platt, the winner of the 2012 Cundill Prize for his book Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War, and Marla Miller, the 2010 Cundill Prize runner-up for her book Betsy Ross and the Making of America and a 2014 juror, for a conversation about the experience of writing historical non-fiction. Christopher Manfredi hosts and moderates.
Christopher Manfredi is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at McGill University. He is an authority on the role of the judiciary in democratic societies. His research focuses on political institutions, the political impact of rights litigation and the dynamics of constitutional change. He is the author of a number of books, including Feminist Activism in the Supreme Court: Legal Mobilization and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, which won the Canadian Law and Society Association’s annual Best Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Donner Prize.
Marla Miller is a Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and directs the Public History programme. She has won the Organization of American Historians’ Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation in Women’s History and the Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Colonial History. Miller presents Betsy Ross and the Making of America, a finalist for the Cundill Prize in History at McGill University. A scholarly biography of the much-misunderstood early American craftswoman who created the American flag, Betsy Ross pieces together the fascinating life of this beloved figure.
Stephen R. Platt received his PhD in Chinese history at Yale and teaches Chinese history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of Provincial Patriots: The Hunanese and Modern China. His work has been supported by the Fulbright programme, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. Platt presents his 2012 Cundill Prize-winning book, Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War, in which he recounts the 19th-century Taiping conflict in China, perhaps the bloodiest civil war of all time.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)