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Chuck Robb Memoir

Join Governor Chuck Robb at Virtual Events Celebrating His New Memoir In the Arena: A Memoir of Love, War, and Politics.

“I hate the myth of Hemingway. And the reason I hate the myth of Hemingway: It obscures the man. And the man is much more interesting than the myth.” So says Michael Katakis, the manager of the Hemingway estate, toward the very beginning of Ken Burns’s and Lynn Novick’s (excellent) recent documentary, Hemingway, on PBS. It is hard to imagine a more incomprehending attitude toward Hemingway, for whom – as Hemingway shows itself to know perfectly well throughout – the “man” and the “myth” are entirely entwined.

April 12, 2021 marks 160 years to the day since the firing on Fort Sumter, the opening salvo of the Civil War. It can be tempting to think of that stretch of time as a massive gulf, practically unbridgeable—at least in the timeline of American history. But consider this: we are now exactly as far removed from the attack on Pearl Harbor, eighty years ago, as Pearl Harbor was from the bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Join UVA Press, Dr. Peter Eisenstadt, and Kevin Gaines, Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice at the University of Virginia, April 1 at 6:00 pm as they discuss Dr. Eisenstadt's new book AGAINST THE HOUNDS OF HELL: A Life of Howard Thurman.

POSTPONED (New date tk): Join UVA Press, Todd Peppers, Polly Craighill, Lynn Blais, Barry Sullivan, Robert Kaczorowski, and Ronald Collins as they discuss the new book Of Courtiers and Princes: Stories of Lower Court Law Clerks and Their Judges on March 30 at 2:00 pm.

Join UVA Press, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, and UVA Professor Claudrena Harold on March 12 at 2:00 pm for a virtual launch event around Dr. Cole's new book RACISM IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE: A Call to Action. 

We are pleased to announce “The Black Soldier in War and Society: New Narratives and Critical Perspectives,” a new series for innovative scholarship on the Black military experience to highlight the diverse and complex experiences of African-descended people and to explore the implications of their participation in war.

We are pleased to offer this interview by UVA Press Editorial Fellow, Clayton Butler, with Dr. Adrian Brettle, author of COLOSSAL AMBITIONS: Confederate Planning for a Post-Civil War World.

In celebration of Black History Month, we are pleased to offer this excerpt from the introduction of Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole's new book RACISM IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE: A Call to Action (Feb. 16, 2021).

We are pleased to offer this essay for Inauguration Day by historians Robert M. S. McDonald and Peter S. Onuf, editors of the new book Revolutionary Prophecies: The Founders and America’s Future.