Virtual Talks on demand
All past virtual talks are available on our YouTube channel here. Find playlists of themed talks below:
- Benjamin Franklin | Franklin in Portraits
- 18th Century History
- Ben’s Book Club author talks
- US Politics
Upcoming Virtual Events
Transatlantic Slavery Symposium
Monday 9 – Friday 13 August, 5pm BST/12pm ET. Free registration here.
The Transatlantic Slavery Symposium is a joint venture between the Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre at Benjamin Franklin House in London, the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Our aim is to bring together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to address the lasting impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through panel discussions on themes ranging from its historical foundations and development in the Revolutionary Atlantic world to current best practices in the museums and heritage sector. Find out more here.
Ben’s Book Club Family Edition: ‘A Ben of All Trades’ by Michael J. Rosen
Wednesday August 18th 2021, 5pm BST/12pm EDT. Register here.
In this month’s special family edition of Ben’s Book Club, we will be talking to Michael J. Rosen about his book, ‘A Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin’. This rousing biography, illustrated by Matt Tavares, reveals how Benjamin Franklin’s boyhood shaped his amazingly multifaceted life. Find out more about this event here.
Digital Book Launch: The Howe Dynasty by Julie Flavell
Tuesday 24 August 2021, 12pm ET/5pm BST. Register here.
Join us for a very special digital book launch and Q&A with Julie Flavell to celebrate her newest book The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain’s Wars for America. Find out more here.
Ben’s Book Club: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University with Andrew O’Shaughnessy
Wednesday 15 September, 12pm ET/5pm BST. Register here.
This month we will be talking to Dr Andrew O’Shaughnessy about his book “The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind,” Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University’ which tells story of how Thomas Jefferson developed his ideas for education in early America and how these ideas continue to have relevance to public education in the United States to this very day. Find out more here.