University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Nancy Isenberg

Mindy Stricke

Ms. Isenberg is sponsored by the University of Arizona Foundation

Award-winning historian Nancy Isenberg is the T. Harry Williams Professor of History at Louisiana State University. Her latest book, “White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America,” was published in June, 2016 by Viking, and spent eleven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.Her first book, “Sex And Citizenship In Antebellum America” (1998), examines the origins of the women's rights movement and was awarded the annual prize of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 1999. Her second acclaimed book, “Fallen Founder: The Life Of Aaron Burr” (2007), sought to correct two centuries of biased accounts that too easily portrayed as a villain Thomas Jefferson's vice president and the victor in the duel that ended Alexander Hamilton's life. Received to critical acclaim, it was a main selection of the History Book Club, and was a runner-up for the Los Angeles Times book prize in biography. Her widely praised third book, “Madison And Jefferson" (2010), coauthored with Andrew Burstein, was a New York Times bestseller among electronic books and was named one of top five non-fiction titles of 2010 by Kirkus. Professor Isenberg has been featured on PBS NewsHour, C-SPAN’s Book TV,and on various NPR programs. She and Andrew Burstein are regular contributors to, where they write history-accented pieces about modern political and cultural affairs.

Nancy Isenberg received her Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990.

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Scheduled events:
U.S. Presidents: Jefferson, Madison, Nixon & Eisenhower
How does history judge a president's accomplishments? Award-winning authors discuss the personalities, lives, and times of four of our nation's leaders.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 304, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Andrew Burstein, Nancy Isenberg, Evan Thomas
Moderator: Andrei Cherny
Class, Race, and Politics in America
The tightly intertwined issues of race and socio-economic status in the U.S. and how this is reflected in our politics.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 304, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Victoria Bynum, Nancy Isenberg, Patrick Phillips
Moderator: Ibram X. Kendi
White Trash: A Conversation with Nancy Isenberg
An interview with the author about her ground-breaking, best-selling book on the 400 year history of class, poor whites, and the myth of equality in America.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Nancy Isenberg
Moderator: Tom Zoellner

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
History / Biography
June 2016
ISBN 9780670785971
Hardcover, 480 pages
$28.00, INSTORE
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"White Trash will change the way we think about our past and present." --T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Custer's Trials In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America, extending from colonial times to the present, Nancy Isenberg takes on our comforting myths about equality, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing--if occasionally entertaining--poor white trash The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. More/less

Madison and Jefferson
History / Biography
Random House
January 2013
ISBN 9780812979008
Paperback, 808 pages
$20.00, INSTORE
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A provocative analysis of the historically pivotal friendship between the third and fourth presidents offers insight into their complex characters while presenting a sobering assessment of how politics were conducted in the country's early years.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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