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Southeastern sponsors post-inauguration lecture on importance of new President to race relations

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of History and Political Science will host a special lecture Jan. 21 to preview its annual Black History Month lecture series and pay tribute to the inauguration of the first African-American President.

     David Goldfield, Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, will present “The Importance of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama to Race Relations in America” in the Student Union Theatre at noon. The lecture is free and open to the public.

     Goldfield, who received his doctoral degree in history from the University of Maryland, teaches a variety of courses on Southern history and the Civil Rights era. He is the lead author of “American Journey,” the textbook currently used in Southeastern’s American History survey classes. His recent publications include “Still Fighting the Civil War: The American South and Southern History” (LSU Press, 2002) and “Southern Histories: Public, Personal, and Sacred” (University of Georgia Press, 2003).
     The Department of History and Political Science sponsors the Black History and Politics Lecture Series as part of Southeastern’s annual observance of February as Black History Month. The series is dedicated each year to the late Albert J. Doucette Jr., former associate dean of Southeastern’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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