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Historians to Lecture at IWU

Feb. 28, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –Illinois Wesleyan’s history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, will sponsor lectures by historians James Barrett and Paul Buhle, and the American Studies department will sponsor a lecture by historian Mari Jo Buhle. The lectures will take place on Thursday, March 1 and Thursday, March 29. Please see the schedule below.

Barrett is a professor of history and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He specializes in 20th century American history involving race, ethnicity, social and labor history. His lecture, “The Irish and the Making of the Multi-Ethnic City,” is based on his new book The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multiethnic City.

Mari Jo Buhle is emerita professor of history and American civilization at Brown University. She works in the fields of American women’s and gender history as well as cultural and intellectual history. She will speak on the topic “From Woman’s Rights to Occupy: Women, Gender and Political Protest in the U.S.”

Paul Buhle is emeritus lecturer in American civilization at Brown University, and will visit Illinois Wesleyan as an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Guest Lecturer. Buhle has published approximately 30 volumes on a variety of topics including labor history, film history, oral history and the history of American radicalism. The topic of his upcoming lecture is “Labor Yesterday, Today…and Tomorrow?”

Below is a schedule of the speakers:

Thursday, March 1

- 7:30 p.m. – James Barrett will speak on “The Irish and the Making of the Multi-Ethnic City” in CNS room C101 (201 Beecher St.)

Thursday, March 29

- 4 p.m.– Mari Jo Buhle will speak on “From Woman’s Rights to Occupy: Women, Gender and Political Protest in the U.S.” in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library (1 Ames Plaza)

- 7 p.m. – Paul Buhle will speak on “Labor Yesterday, Today… and Tomorrow?” in CNS room C101 (201 Beecher St.)

For additional information contact Lauren Cowles ’12 at lcowles@iwu.edu.

Contact: Natalya Grabavoy, ‘13 (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu