Lecture: Patricia Bell-Scott

Patricia Bell-Scott, UGA professor emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science, will discuss her new book, "The Firebrand and the First Lady," which is a portrait of the friendship between civil rights activist Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt. A part of Black History Month observance. Co-sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries and Institute for African American Studies.

University Lecture: Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt, one of the world's leading scholars on modern Jewish history, will present a University Lecture,"The Holocaust: An American Understanding 1945-2015" Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Chapel.

Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.

Academy Award winner Hilary Swank is set to play Lipstadt in a movie based on Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

Free and open to the public.

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. to deliver 2015 Peabody-Smithgall Lecture

Henry Louis Gates Jr., Peabody-winning historian, TV personality and Harvard University professor, will present the sixth Peabody-Smithgall Lecture on Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. at the historic Morton Theatre in downtown. The event is presented by the University of Georgia's Peabody Awards. Gates' lecture, "Genealogy, Genetics and Race," is free and open to the public. For more information.

Created Equal Film Series Screening: "The Loving Story"

The Loving Story is a story of love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic anti-miscegenation sentiments in the U.S. Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in July 1958, in Virginia, for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races... Dr. Robert Pratt, (UGA, History) will lead a discussion following the film. A native of Essex County, Virginia, Dr. Pratt grew up near the Lovings and frequently played with their children.

Stephen Berry: "CSI Dixie: Medical Science and Death Investigation in the 19th Century South"

This is a Throwback Therapies: History of Medical Science Series Lecture by Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era and co-founder of the Center for Virtual History at UGA.

The lecture focuses on the increasing role of medical science in establishing precise causes of death in the 19th-century U. S., which in turn created a more precise and robust understanding of public health. The data is drawn from two sources—the South's county coroners' office records, 1800-1900 and the federal Mortality Censuses, which began in 1850 and ended in 1890.

Historian Catherine Clinton: "The Assassination of Mary Lincoln"

Award-winning historian Catherine Clinton, author of Mary Lincoln: A Life (HarperCollins, 2009) delivers a short lecture on the myriad tragedies suffered by Mary Lincoln in the aftermath of her husband's murder. Inconsolable in grief, Mary Lincoln was then herself the victim of character assassination in stories that were circulated first by her enemies, then by her biographers and her historians. Come hear the "other half" of the assassination story in the sesquicentennial season of the aftermath of the Civil War.

Regent: A Short History of British Abolitionism

Padraic X. Scanlan is a historian of the British Empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is finishing a book entitled MacCarthy's Skull, a history of the abolition of the British slave trade in Sierra Leone. His new research project examines efforts to statistically quantify the development of "civilization" in post-emancipation societies, particularly the development of metrics to measure literacy, morality, religiosity, and degrees of "idleness" and employment. He is Assistant Professor of History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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