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Live BackStory Show: THE BIRTH OF A NATION at 100
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
5:00 p.m. - Warner Bros. Theater

This year marks the 100th anniversary of D.W. Griffith’s controversial and monumental work, THE BIRTH OF A NATION. As perhaps the best example of the power of history film to affect public understanding of the past, the Forum will examine the film and what it means a century later as well as what lessons we can draw for the creation of history film today. The discussion will be hosted by Backstory with the American History Guys, a weekly, national public radio program and podcast produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, in discussion with artists, scholars, and the live audience.


Ed Ayers – 2015, The History Guys, Professor of the Humanities and President, Emeritus, University of Richmond

Brian Balogh, The History Guys, Professor of History, University of Virginia

Fath Davis Rufflins – 2015, Curator, National Museum of American History

Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky), Artist

Peter Onuf, The History Guys, Professor of History, Emeritus UVA, and Senior Research Fellow, Monticello

Annette Gordon Reed, Historian and law professor, Harvard University