New professional development opportunities are now available to help those interested learn and prepare for the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026. "Big Ideas: Concepts for the 250th", brings larger conversations from academia and cultural organizations to the general public. This series of live virtual panel sessions features two scholars engaging with a moderator about current topics, terms, and debates that are foundational to the way we understand the broader human experience. Attendees can expect a “100 level” college course experience that introduces and reintroduces key concepts and ideas emerging in the last 20 years. Programs in the "Big Ideas: Concepts for the 250th" series will occur monthly from January to May 2022.
The first virtual discussion, “What is the American Revolution?” is scheduled for Monday, January 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. Speakers include Dr. LaGarrett King, Associate Professor of Black History and Social Studies Education and the Director of the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education, University at Buffalo, and Dr. Lucia McMahon, Professor and Chair of History at William Paterson University. The conversation will be moderated by Todd Braisted, Author, "Journal of the American Revolution." This panel will include a scholarly overview of what the American Revolution was and current approaches to studying it. The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required.