Join us for a lecture by Eric Foner
Dewitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University

Friday, March 15, 2013
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Lecture Hall 8
Binghamton University

The history department at Binghamton University is delighted to announce that historian Eric Foner will deliver the 2013 Harvey and Elizabeth Prior Shriber Lecture on Friday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m., in Lecture Hall 8 on the Binghamton University main campus. 

He will speak on the topic of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Professor Foner will trace the evolution of Lincoln's ideas about slavery and race in America, delineating how and why his views changed, and whether Lincoln deserves to be considered the Great Emancipator. This lecture is open to the public.

Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and one of this country's most prominent historians. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, his recent book won other awards including the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln Prize. Professor Foner's publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history, and the history of American race relations. 

His best-known books include: Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War; Tom Paine and Revolutionary America; Nothing But Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy; Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877; The Reader's Companion to American History (with John A. Garraty); The Story of American Freedom; and Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World.

His previous awards include the Bancroft Prize, the Parkman Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He has co-curated exhibitions on American History, has won national teaching awards, and was named Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities in 1995. He has written frequently for leading American newspapers and appeared many times on national television and radio programs.

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