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UCLA professor to visit campus

March 4, 2003

By Elvia Aguilar

Historian Dr. Gary Nash, professor and director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California Los Angeles, will give the 25th annual Charles Edmondson Historical Lecture this week.

Nash will speak on 'Imagining Life in the Americas: The First Images of Native Americans' and 'Images of Three Merging Worlds' at 3:30 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Bennett Auditorium.

A few years ago, Nash was involved in founding the National Council for History Education, which formulated guidelines for history teaching throughout the nation.

Nash also has published numerous books, articles and essays focused on race and class.

'Dr. Nash is often quoted and sought after for information in history,' Dr. David Hendon, professor of history, said. 'He really is prominent in this field.'

Some of Nash's books include The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and The Origins of the American Revolution, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, and Red, White, and Black.

Nash received both his bachelor's and doctorate degrees from Princeton University.

He began teaching in 1968 at UCLA where he also served as dean of undergraduate and intercollegiate curricular development.

'Dr. Nash is definitely one of the best historians in the nation, and we are fortunate to have him,' Hendon said.

Students are looking forward to Nash's lecture as well.

'I am glad that people known across the nation for what they do are visiting Baylor,' Sheena Mayo, a Nederland sophomore, said.

The Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures are funded by Bud Edmondson of Longview in memory of his father Charles.

The lecture is free and open to anyone.

For more information contact the history department at 710- 2667.