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A Diplomatic America Lecture Series

Jamestown Settlement, September 6, 13 & 27

Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, present its final installment of “A Diplomatic America” public lecture series on Thursday, September 27. Two free public lectures will begin at 6 p.m. in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater.

Ever since Europeans set foot in Virginia, diplomacy has been part of our country’s evolution and role on the world stage. This lecture series examines the complexities and challenges of diplomatic negotiation.

The program will include:

“The Treaty of Paris and the Birth of the United States” – Jonathan R. Dull is an author, professor and former senior associate editor of “The Papers of Benjamin Franklin” at Yale University. He will explore the historical interactions between 18th-century Europe and America and how the Diplomatic Revolution of 1756 was crucial to America’s future independence. His book, “The Miracle of American Independence,” will be available for signing and purchase. This lecture was rescheduled from September 13.

“The Paris Peace Conference of 1919” – Edmund D. Potter is an adjunct associate professor in history at Piedmont Virginia Community College, an instructor with the United States Air Force graduate program, and former historian and curator of collections at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. As part of the World War I centennial observance, Potter will explore how ideas formulated at Jamestown influenced President Wilson and his negotiations. Connecting the Jamestown and Yorktown stories, Potter’s lecture will explore how the 1783 Treaty of Paris reshaped European and American relationships and how, at the end of World War I, the Paris Peace Conference culminated in the Treaty of Versailles and, again, reshaped Europe. This lecture was originally scheduled for September 20. 

Admission to the evening public lecture series is free. Advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.

Updated September 20, 2018