Speaker Series

Historic Sotterley’s mission of its Speaker Series is to:

Serve as an exceptional educational and cultural resource which explores topics to enrich, expand, and sometimes challenge our understanding of the world we inhabit.  Diverse subjects include our shared history and stories, connections to our land, pressing issues facing our community and world today, and the arts.


This year’s Speaker Series will be offered virtually and some may also be offered in person depending on community guidelines later this year. Links will be available the week of the event and a replay will be available shortly after. Registration is required to participate.

For the 14th season, this series is a FREE public event as a part of our mission to provide cultural and educational programming to our community.

2021 Speaker Series Calendar

A Question of Freedom with Dr. William G. Thomas III

March 3 - 7:00 PM EST


The Nine Lives of Benjamin Franklin with Dr. Richard Bell

April 14 - 7:00 PM EST


Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy with Abbott Kahler (aka Karen Abbott)

May 12 - 7:00 PM EST


Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era, to the Oyster Wars

with Jamie L. H. Goodall

June 9 - 7:30 PM EST


The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family

with Dr. Bettye Kearse

July 7 - 7:00 PM EST


Return to a Native Place: Native People of the Chesapeake Region

with Dr. Gabrielle Tayac

August 4 - 7:00 PM EST


Lincoln and the Natural Environment with James Tackach

September 8 - 7:00 PM EST


History Unearthed: Archaeological Discoveries at Sotterley with Dr. Julie King

October 6 - 7:00 PM EST


Food & Black Freedom: Reflections on Race, Resistance, and the

Legacy of Food Justice with Dr. Bobby J Smith II

November 10 - 7:00 PM EST