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Award winning historian to speak

February 14, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, IL –  John Dittmer, professor emeritus of history at DePauw University in Indiana and a renowned scholar of the Civil Rights era, will speak Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Thoresen Recital Hall, located in the Putnam/Springer Center on the MacMurray College campus.

As part of the 2012-13 Speakers Series, “Perspectives on Social Justice,” Dr. Dittmer will talk about how the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s changed the face of American politics and society.

 Titled “The Civil Rights Movement and the Possibilities of Democracy,” the talk will focus on the everyday people who led the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi – maids, sharecroppers, day laborers independent farmers and small-business owners – who risked their livelihoods and their lives in the freedom struggle. Determined to take charge of their destiny, they brought about a social revolution, making possible the election of an African-American president four decades later.

 Dr. Dittmer received the Bancroft Prize and several other awards for his 1994 work, Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. The Bancroft Prize, awarded by Columbia University in New York, is considered among the most prestigious awards for the writing of American history. His latest book, The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care, was published in 2009. Dr. Dittmer taught at DePauw from 1985 until his retirement in 2003.

The event is free and open to the public. The Putnam/Springer Center is at the southeast corner of Clay and College streets on the MacMurray campus. Request interpreting services 72 hours prior to event at or call 217.479.7123.

For more information, contact:

Ted Roth, Director of Communications and Marketing
Work: 217-479-7027
Email: Send Email

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