Massachusetts Historical Society


Necessary Trouble: A Conversation with Drew Gilpin Faust


Drew Faust, in conversation with Catherine Allgor, MHS President

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00.

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Drew Gilpin Faust, President Emerita of Harvard University, joins us for a special evening reflecting on her memoir, Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Midcentury.  Professor Faust will discuss the formative experiences of her youth during the turbulence of the 1950s and 60s that shaped her as a civil rights activist, historian of the South, and first female president of Harvard University. In conversation with MHS President Catherine Allgor, the two will consider the lessons that history provides for today‚Äôs world.

Hybrid Event

The in-person reception starts at 5:30 PM and the program will begin at 6:00 PM. If you have questions about the in-person event, please contact Olivia Sayah at 617-646-0580 or 

Masks are optional for this event. 

The virtual program begins at 6:00 PM and will be hosted on the meeting platform Zoom. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information. 

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