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Visiting scholar to lecture about the history of white people at USF

TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the nation’s top historians, Nell Irvin Painter, Ph.D., asks a provocative question -- Can a black scholar write about white people? Painter’s lecture will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Patel Center for Global Solutions Auditorium (CGS), followed by a wine-and-cheese reception. This will be Painter’s first talk she will offer as the Humanities Institute’s inaugural Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence.

Painter, the Edwards Professor Emerita of American History at Princeton University, is an award-winning scholar, who will be in residence at USF for the last two weeks in February. Painter is the author of many books, including “The History of White People” (2010), “Creating Black Americans” (2006) and “Southern History Across the Color Line” (2002), and is a noted public intellectual, facing interviewers as diverse as Bill Moyers and Stephen Colbert.

Painter has served as president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association, and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Antiquarian Society. Most recently, she has reinvented herself as an artist, moving increasingly away from traditional scholarship and immersing herself in the creative arts.

During her residency, Painter will meet with students and faculty, conduct guest lectures in classes from various departments and teach a special master class.

Here are some of Dr. Painter’s recent interviews:

Watch Dr. Painter’s Interview on the Colbert Report

Watch Dr. Painter’s Interview with Bill Moyers

Watch Dr. Painter’s Big Think Interview

For more information, contact Liz Kicak or 813.974.3657.

A special thanks goes to the USF Office of the Provost for financial support of the Scholar-in-Residence program.


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Author: Liz Bird