One aim of Hamilton is to tell the story of the Founding in a way that allows today's highly diverse, multi-racial and multi-ethnic American society to see themselves in the narrative.  How does the play handle the tension between historical accuracy and crafting a narrative that allows today’s Americans to identify with the story of the Founding?  Is it possible to make history “usable” for today’s audience without sacrificing fidelity to the events themselves? How are issues related to race, gender, and immigration, in particular, addressed -- or not addressed -- by this musical?

Moderator: Wendy Brown (Political Science, UC Berkeley)

Robin Kelley (History, UCLA)
Mark Peterson (History, UCB)
Shannon Steen (Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UCB)

This event is free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis. The panel will be followed by a reception, with refreshments, where attendees can mingle with one another and the panelists. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 16:00
Banatao Auditorium. Sutardja Dai Hall