Betsy K. McCreight Lecture in the Humanities
The Humanities Council is pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Eric Foner will present the 2015 McCreight Lecture in the Humanities. Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of the most prominent historians in the country.
The 2015 McCreight Lecture will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22 at the University of Charleston. The program is free and open to the public. The lecture this year also will serve as a pre-event kickoff for the West Virginia Book Festival that takes place October 23-24 at the Charleston Civic Center. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
Eric Foner’s publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political, and social history, and the history of American race relations. He is a two-time winner of the Bancroft Prize awarded for distinguished books related to the history of the Americas and/or Diplomacy. His book Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 won the Bancroft Prize in 1989. He received the award again in 2011 for his book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery that also won the Pulitzer Prize for History that year. His latest book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, was published early in 2015.
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The West Virginia
Humanities Council board of directors established the annual McCreight
Lecture in honor of founding board of directors member Betsy Keadle
McCreight, who passed away in 1985.