Archive | September, 2013

Public Lecture by Thomas J. Sugrue, 2013 Strickland Distinguished Visiting Scholar

22 Sep

The MTSU Department of History invites you to a

free public lecture by


2013 Strickland Distinguished Visiting Scholar

“The Education of Barack Obama: Race and Politics in the Age of Fracture”

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00pm

State Farm Room S102

Business and Aerospace Building (BAS)


Thomas J. Sugrue is David Boies Professor of History and Sociology, and Director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a specialist in twentieth-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race. His first book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis (1996), won the Bancroft Prize in American History and helped to redefine the field of postwar urban history by focusing on the role of racial violence, discrimination, and deindustrialization in the collapse of Rust Belt cities. Since then he has written and edited books on suburban history, W. E. B. DuBois, the northern civil rights movement, and, most recently, Barack Obama (Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race, 2010). 

Copies of his books will be available for sale outside the lecture hall. Please contact Mark Doyle ( with any questions.



From Education to Engagement: Transforming Vistor Experiences

18 Sep

A Public Dialogue with David Thelen, Barbara Franco, and Ellen Rosenthal

On May 29, 2013, David Thelen, co-author of The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life, Barbara Franco, founding director of Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, and Ellen Rosenthal, president and CEO of Conner Prairie Interactive History Park came to MTSU to discuss with faculty, students, and members of the public about how visitors use and value museums and historic sites, and about connecting people with places.

Anthropologica Lecture Series: Dr. Tony Pollard

5 Sep

Dr. Pollard Lecture