Friday, July 12, 2024

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Director’s Series Continues Through November

From left: Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Executive Director Christy S. Coleman, Dr. Keisha Blain, Winona LaDuke and Shannon Lanier. (Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s six-part Director’s Series continues at Jamestown Settlement on July 27, Sept. 21 and Nov. 16, featuring Executive Director Christy S. Coleman in conversation with prominent scholars and public figures.

The series debuted earlier this year with programs featuring conversations with Dr. Jason Herbert of “Historians at the Movies,” Dr. Joanne B. Freeman on Alexander Hamilton and Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

The series has been televised on C-SPAN and American History TV. Plans are already underway for a new series in 2023.

The upcoming presentations will take place in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater at 7 p.m. Online registration is required in advance and the cost is $10 per program to attend. The talks are presented both live and virtually. Learn more at
Remaining programs for this year’s series include:
Dr. Keisha Blain
July 27 • 7 p.m.

Blain, an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, is the 2022 New America National Fellow and regarded as one of the most innovative and influential young historians of her generation. Blain, who has written extensively about African American history and is a regular contributor to NPR, BBC and other national and international media outlets, will discuss Black freedom struggles and their impact on American history and culture.Winona LaDuke
September 21 • 7 p.m.

LaDuke is a member of the Ojibwe Nation and an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. A 2007 inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame, she has written widely on Native American and environmental issues. An acclaimed author of five books, including “Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations” and a novel “Last Standing Woman,” she will discuss her efforts to deploy Indigenous techniques to stem climate change.

Shannon Lanier
November 16 • 7 p.m.

Lanier is a veteran TV host, author and social media influencer who’s been keeping audiences tuned in for decades. He also happens to be the 6th great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Join us for the year’s final program exploring the role and responsibility of journalism and media in American discourse, as well as our shared but complicated legacies as we approach the 250th commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The 2022 Director’s Series is supported in part by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc.

Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Jamestown Settlement daytime admission is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12. Separate admission is required to attend the Director’s Series evening programs. Parking is free.

For more information, visit or call 757-253-4838.

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