UCLA History Professor Presents Edmondson Lectures On 'Life In The Americas'

Feb. 27, 2003

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Dr. Gary B. Nash, professor of history and director of the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA, will give the 25th annual Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures on March 4-5 in Bennett Auditorium on the Baylor University campus. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Nash will speak on "Imagining Life in the Americas: The First Images of Native Americans" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. His second lecture, "Imagining Life in the Americas: Images of Three Merging Worlds," will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5.

One of the most eminent social historians in the United States, Nash has published numerous books, articles and essays focusing on race, class and power dynamics in American history. Among his nearly 20 books are Quakers and Politics: Pennsylvania, 1681-1726; 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 Forging Freedom: The Black Urban Experience in Philadelphia, 1720-1840, which was named best book in 1998 by the Society for the History of the Early American Republic. His most recent books are National Identity, Culture Wars, and the Teaching of the Past; Forbidden Love: The Secret History of Mixed-Race America and First City: Philadelphia and the Forging of Historical Memory.

Nash received both his bachelor's degree and doctorate from Princeton University. He began his teaching career in 1968 at UCLA, where he also has served as dean of undergraduate and intercollege curricular development, president of the Organization of American Historians and dean of the Council on Educational Development. He is a founding member of the National Council for History Education, where he serves on the board of trustees. He also co-chaired the National History Standards Project.

For more information, contact the department of history at (254) 710-2667.

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