Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, a leading historian of the United States, will open up the 2011-12 Morehead State University’s Presidential Lecture Series on Monday, Oct. 3.

    She will present “Art and Truth in African-American History’ from 7-9 p.m. at Button Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

    “Nell Painter is an eminent historian who has defined new perspectives on Southern history, the lives of prominent African-Americans like Sojourner Truth, and the global history of whiteness. Writing with special warmth and vibrancy, Painter has a singular gift for bringing all kinds of people to life and we are very fortunate to have her speaking at Morehead State University,” said Dr. Ric Caric, professor of international and interdisciplinary studies.

    Dr. Painter will have two additional campus outings Tuesday, Oct. 4. A Student Forum will be held in 112 Radar Hall at 3 p.m. and her visit will wrap up with a University Forum at 6 p.m. in 002 Breckinridge Hall. The forum will include a panel discussion will Dr. John Hennen, professor of history, Dr. Benjamin Fitzpatrick, assistant professor of history, and Jennifer Reis, assistant professor of art.

    Dr. Painter is the Edwards Professor of American History Emerita, at Princeton University. In addition to her doctorate in history from Harvard University, she has received honorary doctorates from Wesleyan, Dartmouth, SUNY-New Paltz, and Yale.

    A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Antiquarian Society.

    She has served as president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association. Those presidential addresses have been published in the Journal of American History and the Journal of Southern History.

    The City of Boston declared “Nell Irvin Painter Day” in October 2007 in honor of her Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center in 2006.

    A prolific and award-winning scholar, her most recent books are The History of White People, Creating Black Americans, and Southern History Across the Color Line. A second edition of Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919 and a Korean translation of Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol appeared in 2008. Her other books also are still in print.

    As a public intellectual, Painter is frequently called upon for lectures and interviews on television and film. In January 2008, she appeared live for a three-hour “In Depth” program on C-SPAN Book TV. She also has appeared on Bill Moyers’s “Progressive America,” “The Colbert Report,” and ABC News. New Jersey Network’s “State of the Arts” documented her work as both a scholar and an art student.

    Information is available by contacting Dr. Caric at 783-2144.

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