History Buzz March 5, 2012: James McPherson: Returns to Gustavus College as Civil War Sesquicentennial Scholar


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James McPherson: Returns to Gustavus as Sesquicentennial Scholar

Source: Gustavus News, 3-5-12

James McPherson

Sesquicentennial Scholar and 1958 Gustavus alumnus James McPhersonGustavus alumnus, Civil War historian, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson ‘58 will return to his alma mater April 15-17 as a Sesquicentennial Scholar.

Besides visiting several History Department classes during his visit to campus, McPherson will speak publicly during the College’s Monday, April 16, daily chapel service at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. His talk will be titled “Two Sesquicentennials: New Beginnings” and will address how the founding of Gustavus provided leadership for a people making a new beginning in a new country and compare it to the new beginnings for Americans – black and white, Northern and Southern – generated by the Civil War. Following his talk in Christ Chapel, McPherson will sign books in the President’s Dining Room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center from 10:30-1130 a.m. McPherson’s chapel talk will be live-streamed on the Gustavus website. Both the chapel talk and book signing are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, April 17, McPherson will speak at Interlachen Country Club in Edina at an event that is also open to the public. McPherson’s lecture will be titled “Why the Civil War Still Matters” and will address the ways in which the war’s impact on America is still being felt today. Those interested in attending this event, which will include a reception at 4:30 p.m., McPherson’s lecture at 5 p.m., and a book signing at 6 p.m., should RSVP by going online to gustavus.edu/go/mcpherson, or by contacting the Gustavus Office of Alumni Relations at 507-933-7511….

For more information about McPherson’s visit to Minnesota as Gustavus Adolphus College’s Sesquicentennial Scholar, go online to gustavus.edu/go/mcpherson or contact Gustavus Professor of History Greg Kaster at gkaster@gustavus.edu.

History Buzz February 10, 2012: Peniel Joseph: Stetson University presents civil rights / social justice lecture by historian


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Peniel Joseph: Stetson University presents civil rights/social justice lecture by historian

Source: Florida Courier, 2-10-12

Stetson University presents author and historian Dr. Peniel Joseph to speak on “Stokely Carmichael and American Democracy in the 1960s” as part of the university’s civil rights and social justice lecture series, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. The lecture will be held in the Rinker Auditorium of the Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, and is free and open to the public.

Joseph, a professor of history at Tufts University, is currently working on a biography of Black Power icon Stokely Carmichael and his involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement, and that will be the focus of Joseph’s lecture at Stetson.

Carmichael, who later changed his name to Kwame Ture, was a well-known black activist in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. He was involved in such organizations as the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and participated in the Freedom Rides. He was one of the authors of the manifesto “Black Power.” Carmichael spoke at Stetson in 1997 and died the following year.
Professor Joseph is the author of the award-winning Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, as well as editor of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level.

Joseph is the founder of the “Black Power Studies” subfield whose reverberations have widely impacted interdisciplinary scholarship within the academy and popular conceptions of civil rights and Black Power outside of it. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights who has appeared on CNN, MSNC, and NPR. During the 2008 presidential election he provided historical analysis for the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at (386) 822-7515.

History Buzz February 8, 2012: Allen Ballard: Amtrak Showcases the Great Migration Exhibit in Honor of Black History Month


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Amtrak Showcases the Great Migration Exhibit in Honor of Black History Month

Exhibit featured on MyBlackJourney.com website

Source: PR Newswire, 2-8-12

In celebration of Black History Month, Amtrak is featuring the Great Migration of African Americans exhibit on their MyBlackJourney.com  microsite.  The Great Migration exhibit chronicles the exodus of thousands of African Americans from the rural South aboard America’s passenger trains to the Northeast and other regions of the country in search of better wages and job opportunities.

“America’s passenger trains played a pivotal role in transporting African Americans from the Deep South to the Northeast, West and Midwest during the Great Migration of the early 1900s,” said, Emmet H. Fremaux, Amtrak Vice President of Marketing and Product Development.  “As we celebrate Black History Month, Amtrak is pleased to bring this historical exhibit to a broader audience while educating and introducing train travel to a new generation of passengers.”

The exhibit includes audio commentary from noted author, historian and Professor Dr. Allen Ballard of the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY – Albany). Dr. Ballard’s commentary includes his insights and personal knowledge of the Great Migration and excerpts from his book, One More Days Journey, The Story of a Family and A People which chronicles one family’s journey during the Great Migration.  Additionally, actor and playwright Lamman Rucker, star of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne shares his family’s Great Migration train journey from Lynchburg, Virginia and Aberdeen, Maryland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and various cities in New Jersey   Both Rucker and Dr. Ballard encourage visitors to the site to share their Great Migration stories on the MyBlackJourney.com interactive microsite as well as answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize package including free Amtrak travel vouchers, tickets to Layon Gray’s Off-Broadway play, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, an autographed copy of Dr. Ballard’s book and other exciting prizes….READ MORE  

History Buzz January 25, 2012: James Davis: Civil War lecture to be history professor’s last at Illinois College


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Civil War lecture to be history professor’s last at IC

Source: Jacksonville Journal Courier, 1-25-12

Illinois College invites the community to attend a presentation on how Illinois College and the Jacksonville community were involved in the Civil War.

Historian and Illinois College Professor Emeritus of History James Davis will be speaking on the subject 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 6 of the Kirby Learning Center. This will be the last chance to attend a lecture by the retired professor before he moves to Michigan this spring.

The program is free and will feature the activities and events associated with the Civil War along with subtopics that include life in the town and college during the war, roles played by Jacksonville and IC during the war, and the impact of the war on the community and nation.

Davis specializes in 19th century American history and has authored three books, including “Frontier Illinois and Dreams to Dust,” which was nominated for four awards including the Parkman Award and the Bancroft Prize….READ MORE

Robert Korstand: Black leaders to speak at Furman University forum on Civil War and civil rights


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Source: Greenville Online, 7-24-11

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers and Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, will speak during a Furman University series on the Civil War and civil rights that will run from Tuesday until Aug. 16.

John W. McCardell Jr. will discuss “The Legacy of the Civil War: What about the War is Worth Remembering.”

A talk titled “Fighting Jim Crow in the Day-to-Day Life of Black Southerners” will be presented by Robert Korstand, a professor of public policy and history at Duke University.

Clyburn and Sellers will be on a panel for “Traveling the Road to Civil Rights.”

On Aug. 16, Furman University President Rodney A. Smolla will discuss “The Evolving Meaning of ‘Civil Rights’ in Contemporary America.”

Wilkerson, who just published her book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” will be involved in a panel titled “Moving Forward on the Path of Equality in South Carolina.”

Smolla said recently that he planned to increase the number of minority students at Furman and that some of those results would begin showing up in this fall’s class. He also said he planned to increase the number of scholarships to minorities.

Also on Aug. 16, a panel on “Equal Justice and Opportunity” will be held.

Historian A.V. Huff, professor emeritus of history at Furman, will host the program, a university spokeswoman said.

The summer series is co-sponsored by Furman’s Riley Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman.

Each session will be held on a Tuesday at the Younts Conference Center on the university’s campus and they are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

For information, call 864-294-2998.

Tim Barringer: Yale professor to examine effects of Gothic Revival

Source: Daily Utah Chronicle, 3-9-11

The College of Humanities’ Gordon B. Hinckley Lecture Series will feature Yale art historian Tim Barringer on Thursday night.

fdsa“Barringer will be talking about the neo-gothic architecture movement when it was in revival in the mid-1800s, and how it inspired architecture and pop culture,” said Rachel Leiker, graphic designer for the College of Humanities.

Gothic Revival gained force as a widespread cultural phenomenon in 18th-century England and inspired a return to medieval forms of architecture. The Palace of Westminster in London, which includes Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, is an example of neo-gothic architecture during that period.

Barringer specializes in art from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, as well as the visual culture of both the United Kingdom and the British Empire, Leiker said.

Barringer serves as the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art and director of Graduate Studies at Yale University, according to his faculty website. He has worked at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and studied at the University of Cambridge.

The Gordon B. Hinckley Lecture Series is supported by the Gordon B. Hinckley Endowment for British Studies at the College of Humanities.

Annette Gordon-Reed: Pulitzer Prize winner to participate in Festival of Books

Source: Arizona Daily Star, 1-23-11

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed, whose new book on President Andrew Johnson was released Tuesday, will participate in the third annual Festival of Books March 12-13.

Gordon-Reed, a historian and law professor, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History and the 2008 National Book Award for her book “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.”

She was named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow – commonly referred to as a “genius” grant – for “dramatically changing the course of Jeffersonian scholarship.”

In “Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series,” Gordon-Reed explores our nation’s 17th president – a man who never expected to be president, but stepped into the office six weeks after becoming Abraham Lincoln’s vice president.

Gordon-Reed explores Johnson’s strengths, weaknesses, philosophies, stubbornness and how ill-suited he was to reconcile a nation divided by the Civil War.

Gordon-Reed is scheduled to speak on March 13 in the Arizona Daily Star tent.

Th Festival of Books stretches over the University of Arizona Mall and campus buildings. Find out more about the Tucson Festival of Books at http://www.tucsonfestival ofbooks.org

Jill Lepore: Author ponders thoughts of the founders

Source: The Kansas City Star, 1-22-10

Historian Jill Lepore will speak Wednesday at the Kansas City Central Library.Historian Jill Lepore will speak Wednesday at the Kansas City Central Library.

Jill Lepore teaches early American history and studies the relationship between history and memory. So you can imagine how the recent tea party movement, with its references to Revolutionary events and thought, grabbed her attention.

Lepore, a Harvard University professor, wrote a book a few years back about King Philip’s War of the 1670s, a big deal in the memories of early Americans, even 100 years afterward. Ever heard of it?

Probably not. That’s the way with history. The parts that loom large for us aren’t always about the magnitude of an issue or the scale of a conflict, Lepore says.

That is, some history is more useful to us than other history.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773 has been abundantly useful. Lepore will be in Kansas City Wednesday to discuss her book “The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History.”…READ MORE


Who: Jill Lepore, “The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History”

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Admission: Free. Call 816-701-3407 to make reservations

A.J. “Tony” Badger: Cambridge historian to discuss Obama and ‘Lessons of the New Deal’

Source: ASU News, 1-21-11

6 p.m., Feb. 3, Coor Hall, Arizona State University

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American historian A.J. “Tony” Badger will present the inaugural Historical Studies Lecture at ASU.

Cambridge Professor A.J. “Tony” Badger will bring his expertise on the New Deal to Arizona State University Feb. 3 for the inaugural Historical Studies Lecture. He will deliver his talk, “Lessons of the New Deal: Did Obama Learn the Right Ones?” at 6 p.m. in Coor Hall L1-20 on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The inaugural Historical Studies Lecture, presented by the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public…READ MORE

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