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‘A Diplomatic America’ Public Lecture Series at Jamestown Settlement Concludes September 27

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 20, 2018 – “A Diplomatic America” public lecture series examining the com­plexities and challenges of diplomatic negotiation will conclude Thursday, September 27, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia.

A special double lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Robins Foundation Theater. Admission to the evening public lecture series is free.

The program includes:

“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 its original date of 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 discuss 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.

Advance reservations are recommended for the free evening lectures at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.

Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. Parking is free. For more information, visit https://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/a-diplomatic-america-lecture-series.