The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series will feature live performance and academic discussion during fall 2014, continuing a tradition that dates back nearly 30 years.
The series will kick off Wednesday, Oct. 8, when dramatist and actor Ian Ruskin performs To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Ruskin has acted in film and television and on stage, and is currently performing his self-written Thomas Paine play across the country. The event will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the Christie Theatre of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The second Historical Perspectives event of the fall semester will feature UW-Madison History Prof. William J. Reese speaking on his recent book, “Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History.” The book considers the controversy around written tests when they initially were adopted in the 1800s, tracing the exams’ history and political implications through the generations. Reese will take the stage at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, also in the Christie Theatre.
First organized in 1985, the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series brings in a wide variety of historians and social scientists who speak on relevant issues. It is made possible thanks to funds from the University, the Democracy and Justice Studies Student Organization, the UW-Green Bay University League and the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. Supporters hope to create an endowment for continued support of the lecture series.
The Center for History and Social Change promotes historical thought, study and discourse at UW-Green Bay and in the larger community through lectures, seminars and other campus events. It is associated most directly with the University’s academic program in Democracy and Justice Studies, and pursues its activities in relation to that program’s goals. It also works closely with other academic programs to reinforce and support UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary mission.