Denison Lecture Series Hosts American Historian To Discuss 'People's History of the United States'
Posted: April 21, 2003
GRANVILLE -- The Denison Lecture Series presents renowned American historian Howard Zinn to discuss "A People's History of the United States: History that Embraces Humanity." This event, set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (April 24) in Slayter Auditorium, is the final Denison Lecture Series convocation of the spring semester and is free and open to the public.
Zinn is the author of 16 books and three plays. His first book,LaGuardia in Congress(1959), won the Albert Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association.You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times(1994) andA People's History of the United States(1980), which chronicles the history of America from the eyes of the powerless and the disenfranchised, are two of his better known volumes. He received both the Lannan Literary Award and the Eugene V. Debs Award in 1998 and the Thomas Merton Award in 1991.
At the age of 18 he was a shipyard worker; at 21 an Air Force bombardier. Both experiences he says helped shape a radical impulse, an opposition to war and a passion for history. His politically engaged life brought him into many arenas: imprisonment for civil disobedience, fights for open debate in universities and activist work from the Vietnam era to the present.
Zinn earned a bachelor's degree (1951) at New York University, both master's (1952) and doctoral (1958) degrees at Columbia University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He served as chair of the history department at Spelman University (Georgia) before accepting a position at Boston University where he is now professor emeritus. Eric Foner of the the New York Times Book Review describes Zinn's work as written with "an enthusiasm rarely encountered in the leaden prose of academic history."
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