Free Saturdays with Richard Bell
Dr. Richard Bell, photo courtesy of artist
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s museums. As part of our initiative to welcome all San Francisco residents to the museums free on Saturdays, we will provide free unique museum experiences celebrating the city we love.
Join us in the Koret auditorum for a special lecture on Hamilton: the Musical from historian, Dr. Richard Bell.
San Francisco has Hamilton-mania! Everyone’s talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical and many of us have the triple-platinum cast album playing on repeat. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage. In this talk, which is aimed at people who know the soundtrack or who’ve seen the show, University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. We’ll learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United Sates and about why all that matters. We will examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. We will also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made?
Dr. Richard Bell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a BA from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from Harvard University. Rick has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the 2017 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for teaching faculty in the Maryland state system, and has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He is the author of two books, one about the history of suicide in America. The other, Stolen: The Astonishing Odyssey of Five Boys along the Reverse Underground Railroad, will be published this October.
No additional ticket required. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Tickets will be distributed an hour before the lecture begins in front of the Koret Auditorium.
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