Leading Historian on Race Relations to Speak Oct. 7-8

Sept. 27, 1996

Dr. Joel Williamson, a leading historian on race relations in the United States, will speak on "The High-Tech Lynching of Clarence Thomas" at Baylor University at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, and at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Meadows Hall in the School of Music.

During Monday's lecture, Williamson will focus on how "Race Beats Gender" and on Tuesday, he will discuss "Will It Continue?"

Williamson has been the Lineberger Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1985. He has received numerous awards for his writing including the Mayflower Cup in 1994 for his book William Faulkner and Southern History, which also was nominated as one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1994.

Additionally, Williamson's book, The Crucible of Race, was nominated as one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1985. The Crucible of Race also was honored with the Francis Parkman Prize by the Society of American Historians, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award by Phi Beta Kappa, the Mayflower Cup and the Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award.

Williamson's lectures are presented at Baylor on behalf of the The Emmy Parrish Lectures in American Studies, an annual lecture series established by Tom Parrish, former vice president for university development at Baylor. Tom Parrish established the series in the name of his wife.

"The subject of Dr. Williamson's lectures cuts across a wide variety of interests on campus, including gender studies, the judicial process, current events and race relations," said Dr. Stanley Campbell, professor of history.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Campbell at 755-2667.

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