Oral History Lecture to Focus on African American History

Nov. 14, 2005

by Paige Patton

A noted American history scholar will lecture on "Historical Memory and the African-American Landscape" on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Dr. Edward Linenthal, editor of the Journal of American History, will speak at 4 p.m. in the SBC Theater at the Mayborn Museum on the Baylor University campus.

The lecture, which is sponsored by Baylor's Institute for Oral History and the department of history, is in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of the Institute for Oral History and is free and open to the public.

"This is a lecture we believe the wider community will find very interesting. Dr. Linenthal will explore suffering, redemption and remembrance within African-American culture," said Lois Myers of the Institute for Oral History.

Linenthal serves as professor of history and religious studies at Indiana University, Bloomingdale. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, he spent 25 years in the department of religious studies at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. From 1987-1988, he was a Sloan Research Fellow in the Arms Control and Defense Policy Program at MIT. He also worked for the National Park Service during the 50th anniversary ceremonies at Pearl Harbor and as a consultant on interpretation of controversial historic sites.

Linenthal's research interests include public history; war, genocide and memory; contemporary American religion; and Holocaust studies.

For more information, contact Myers at 710-6285.

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