Renowned Historian To Lecture April 8

April 4, 2002

Dr. H.W. Brand, an international expert in American history and a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, will deliver the annual Laura Blanche Jackson Lecture in World Issues at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Jones Theater in Baylor University's Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Brands, who serves as Distinguished Professor of History and the Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University, will lecture on "American Liberalism at Home and Abroad."

Brands, who received his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of 16 acclaimed books, including The Strange Death of American Liberalism; The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times book prize; What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy; and T.R.: The Last Romantic.

Additionally, he has written numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as articles for the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe. He has appeared on programs for PBS, A&E Network, ABC, MSNBC and BBC.

The Christian Science Monitor referred to Brands as a "master storyteller," while the Washington Post said Brands' The First American is "richly informative and engaging."

The Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Issues was created in 1994 as a memorial to Laura Blanche Jackson, who graduated from Baylor in 1985 with a degree in political science and became the director of marketing for the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. After Jackson's death from cancer in 1992, her family created the lectureship to examine various world issues as a way to honor her passion for world affairs.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the department of political science at (254) 710-3161.

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