CLIO’S MUSE – A History Reading Club

Saturday, August 20
Zoom meeting at 7pm

 

We are reading Who We are How We Got Here; Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past by David Reich. A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies. Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear–in part from David Reich’s own contributions to the field–that genomics is as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word.

 

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Wednesday, October 15
Zoom meeting at 7pm

Our next book is 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein. The idea of The 1619 Project is that our national narrative is more accurately told if we begin not on July 4, 1776, but in late August of 1619, when a ship arrived in Jamestown bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric and unprecedented system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country’s very origin. The 1619 Project tells this new origin story, placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.

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