Rutgers University in Newark will host author Professor Annette Gordon-Reed on Oct. 21

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Annette Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W. W. Norton) and a history professor at Rutgers University in Newark, will talk about her acclaimed latest book in a special Oct. 21 appearance on the campus.  The Hemingses of Monticello has just been selected as a non-fiction finalist for the National Book Awards. Gordon-Reed will take part in a one-on-one interview with Dr. Jan Ellen Lewis, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Rutgers in Newark. She will sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale, following the interview. A reception will follow. The talk and reception, which are free and open to the public, begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Dana Room of the John Cotton Dana Library, 185 University Ave., Newark.

Like her first book, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, Gordon-Reed’s latest work has propelled her into a media spotlight rare for authors of meticulously researched histories, including talks and radio and television interviews, and reviews in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The New Republic and more. Annette Gordon-Reed is both a professor of history at Rutgers University and a professor of law at New York Law School. Along with numerous articles and essays, she is the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American

Controversy, editor of Race On Trial: Law and Justice in American History, and coauthor with Vernon Jordan of Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir.  She is the author of the forthcoming book Andrew Johnson and editor of the forthcoming Jefferson Reader on Race. Gordon-Reed is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. The Oct. 21 program is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark Office of the Dean; Office of the Chancellor; Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience; Department of History; Department of African American and African Studies; Graduate Program in American Studies; and the Organization of Black Faculty and Staff (OBFS).

The John Cotton Dana Library is wheelchair-accessible, as is the Rutgers-Newark campus. Rutgers Newark can be reached by New Jersey Transit buses and trains, the PATH train and Amtrak from New York City, and by Newark Light Rail. Metered parking is available on University Avenue and at Rutgers Newark’s public parking garage, at 200 University Ave.  Printable campus maps and driving directions are available online at: