Kaye announces fall Historical Perspectives lineup

Prof. Harvey Kaye has announced the lineup for the Fall 2009 Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. Participating presenters and topics are:

• John Summers: “C. Wright Mills and the Politics of Truth”
Monday, Sept, 21 at 10:35 a.m., University Union’s Christie Theatre

Summers is a visiting scholar at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. He has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and The Cooper Union. The author of Every Fury on Earth (2008) and the editor of The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills (2008), he is currently completing a biography of Mills, a prominent sociologist.

• Jonathan Holloway: “‘It Never Happened’: Race, Class and the Unbearable Burden of Memory”
Monday, Oct. 26 at 12:45 p.m., Christie Theater

Holloway is professor of History and African American Studies, and master of Calhoun College at Yale University. He has written Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002), edited Ralph Bunche’s A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (2005), and co-edited the anthology, Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century (2007). He is presently working on his next monograph, Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory, Identity, and Politics in Black America, 1941-2000.

• Jeremi Suri: “Henry Kissinger and the American Century”
Thursday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., University Union’s Christie Theater

Suri is the E. Gordon Fox Professor of History at UW-Madison. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the humanities and sciences. He is also the author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century (2007), The Global Revolutions of 1968 (2007), and Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente (2003).

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