New Virtual Book Talk Series: SHEAR Talent: Book Prize Winners in Conversation

Collage of participants in SHEAR is pleased to announce a new series of virtual book talks, “SHEAR Talent: Book Prize Winners in Conversation.”

The first program in the series will be held on Monday, February 13, 2023, at 7:30pm EST. Join us for a conversation between Vanessa Holden (University of Kentucky), winner of the James Broussard First Book Prize for Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community, and Tamika Nunley (Cornell University), winner of the Mary Kelly Prize for At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C. Kellie Carter Jackson (Wellesley College) will moderate the discussion. This virtual program will take place on Zoom. Please register by February 12 at

The second virtual book talk will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 7:30pm EST. Join us for a conversation between Professor Carolyn Eastman (Virginia Commonwealth University), winner of the James Bradford Biography Prize for The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity, and Professor Peter Wirzbicki (Princeton University), winner of the SHEAR Book Prize for Fighting for the Higher Law: Black and White Transcendentalists against Slavery. Professor Craig Friend (North Carolina State University) will moderate the discussion. Please register for this program, which will be held on Zoom, by March 1 at

More information about the 2022 winners of the SHEAR book, dissertation, and article prizes can be found at