A BRIEF HISTORY OF PAST EVENTS

Though The Prologue Society was established in 1992,
this list has been updated annually at the close of each season since 2007.

    • 28 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual Author Series via Crowdcast



    Scott Eyman

    20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio

    January 28 at 1pm ET

    In conversation with Nat Chediak


    From New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman, this is the story one of the most influential studios in film history, from its glory days under the leadership of legendary movie mogul Darryl F. Zanuck up to its 2019 buyout by Disney.

    March 20, 2019 marked the end of an era -- Disney took ownership of the movie empire that was Fox. For almost a century before that historic date, Twentieth Century-Fox was one of the preeminent producers of films, stars, and filmmakers. Its unique identity in the industry and place in movie history is unparalleled -- and one of the greatest stories to come out of Hollywood. One man, a legendary producer named Darryl F. Zanuck, is the heart of the story. This narrative tells the complete tale of Zanuck and the films, stars, intrigue, and innovations of the iconic studio that was.


    SCOTT EYMAN is an award-winning author of 15 books about the movies, three of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He's a frequent book reviewer for The Wall Street JournalFilm Comment, and the New York Observer. His books include Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James StewartJohn Wayne: Louis B. Mayer: Lion of Hollywood; and Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

    Photo credit: Greg Lovett


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    Updated 1/18/2022

    • 14 Mar 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual Author Series via Crowdcast



    Imani Perry

    South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the South of a Nation

    March 14 at 1pm ET

    We hope this will be a luncheon - stay tuned!


    An essential, surprising journey through the history, rituals, and landscapes of the American South—and a revelatory argument for why you must understand the South in order to understand America

    We all think we know the South. Even those who have never lived there can rattle off a list of signifiers: the Civil War, Gone with the Wind, the Ku Klux Klan, plantations, football, Jim Crow, slavery. But the idiosyncrasies, dispositions, and habits of the region are stranger and more complex than much of the country tends to acknowledge. In South to America, Imani Perry shows that the meaning of American is inextricably linked with the South, and that our understanding of its history and culture is the key to understanding the nation as a whole.

    This is the story of a Black woman and native Alabaman returning to the region she has always called home and considering it with fresh eyes. Her journey is full of detours, deep dives, and surprising encounters with places and people. She renders Southerners from all walks of life with sensitivity and honesty, sharing her thoughts about a troubling history and the ritual humiliations and joys that characterize so much of Southern life.

    Weaving together stories of immigrant communities, contemporary artists, exploitative opportunists, enslaved peoples, unsung heroes, her own ancestors, and her lived experiences, Imani Perry crafts a tapestry unlike any other. With uncommon insight and breathtaking clarity, South to America offers an assertion that if we want to build a more humane future for the United States, we must center our concern below the Mason-Dixon Line. 


    IMANI PERRY is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Perry is the author of Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, winner of the 2019 Bograd-Weld Biography Prize from the Pen America Foundation. She is also the author of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons; Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation; and May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem. Perry, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, who grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Chicago, lives outside Philadelphia with her two sons.

    Photo courtesy of the author


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    Updated 1/18/2022

PAST EVENTS

06 Dec 2021 Andrew Roberts, "The Last King of America"
09 Nov 2021 H.W. Brands, "Our First Civil War"
19 Oct 2021 Nancy Goldstone, "In the Shadow of the Empress"
24 Sep 2021 Anderson Cooper, "Vanderbilt"
01 Jan 2021 Spring 2021 Events
01 Sep 2020 Fall 2020 Events
04 Apr 2020 Summer Hiatus
03 Apr 2020 *CANCELED* Lunch with Esther Safran Foer, "I Want You to Know We're Still Here"
06 Mar 2020 Lunch with Erik Larson, "The Splendid and the Vile"
27 Feb 2020 Lunch with Marilyn Holifield, "Seven Sisters and a Brother"
24 Jan 2020 Lunch with Andrew Bacevich, Jr., "The Age of Illusions"
17 Dec 2019 Lunch with Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), "Sailing True North"
22 Nov 2019 Lunch with Marie Arana, in Conversation with Dabney Park
15 Oct 2019 Lunch with Victoria Riskin, "Fay Wray and Robert Riskin"
25 Apr 2019 Lunch with Andrew S. Curran, "Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely"
27 Mar 2019 Lunch with William Middleton, "Double Vision"
12 Feb 2019 Lunch with Doug Bradburn, and "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow
31 Jan 2019 Lunch with Andrew Roberts, "Churchill: Walking with Destiny"
05 Dec 2018 Lunch with Antony Beevor, "The Battle of Arnhem"
16 Nov 2018 Lunch with Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Leadership"
04 Oct 2018 Lunch with Jack E. Davis, "The Gulf"
24 Aug 2018 An Evening with David Lawrence, Jr. (A Dedicated Life)
11 May 2018 An evening with Les Standiford (Center of Dreams) in conversation with Stuart Blumberg
18 Apr 2018 Lunch with David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon)
08 Mar 2018 Lunch with Giles Milton (Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare)
22 Feb 2018 Lunch with Bijan Omrani (Caesar's Footprints)
17 Jan 2018 Lunch with Simon Sebag Montefiore (Red Sky at Noon)
05 Dec 2017 Lunch with Arlo Haskell (The Jews of Key West)
17 Nov 2017 An evening with Walter Isaacson and Leonard Da Vinci (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres)
10 Oct 2017 Lunch with James Holland (The Allies Strike Back)
06 Apr 2017 Lunch with Annie Jacobsen (Phenomena)
15 Mar 2017 Lunch with Caitlin Fitz (Our Sister Republics)
15 Feb 2017 Lunch with Gregory W. Bush (White Sand Black Beach)
26 Jan 2017 Lunch with David Oshinsky (Bellevue)
08 Dec 2016 Lunch with David France (How to Survive a Plague)
17 Nov 2016 Lunch with Ross King (Mad Enchantment)
21 Oct 2016 Lunch with Jon Meacham (Destiny and Power)
22 Sep 2016 Lunch with Catherine Fletcher (The Black Prince of Florence)
31 Aug 2016 2016-2017 Fall Season Preview (September through December)
13 May 2016 Lunch with Simon Sebag Montefiore (The Romanovs)
14 Apr 2016 Lunch with Janice Nimura (Daughters of the Samurai)
17 Mar 2016 Lunch with Les Standiford (Water to the Angels)
24 Feb 2016 Lunch with Fergus Bordewich (The First Congress)
20 Jan 2016 Lunch with Arva Moore Parks (George Merrick, Son of the South Wind)
10 Dec 2015 Lunch with Sean McMeekin (The Ottoman Endgame)
30 Nov 2015 Lunch with Karl Rove (The Triumph of William McKinley)
20 Nov 2015 Lunch with Stacy Schiff (The Witches)
27 Oct 2015 Lunch with Tim Weiner (One Man Against the World)
07 Oct 2015 Arva Moore Parks | Special Event
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