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2020 Lowell Harrison Annual Lecture: “The Great Force of History: Collective Memory, White Innocence, and Making Black Lives Matter”

NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus.

Dr. Renee Romano, Dept. of History, Oberlin College

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7:30, Ogden Auditorium 

This is a swipeable event. 

Contact Tony Harkins at Anthony.harkins@wku.edu for more information or copies of the event poster.

Dr. Romano will also talk on other subjects at 4:00 pm March 25 in Cherry Hall, and to the “History of U.S. Popular Culture” class on Thursday, March 26.

2020 Harrison Lecture poster


Dr. Renee Romano

Dr. Romano is the Robert S. Danforth Professor of History, Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies and at Oberlin College. A graduate of Yale (BA, 1990) and Stanford (PhD, 1996), she teaches and writes about 20th--and now 21st century--American race relations. Her disparate body of work explores racial attitudes and race relations in the post-WWII United States and seeks to illuminate the barriers to racial justice that continue in the post-civil rights era. She is the author or co-editor of five books: Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America (Harvard University Press, 2003); The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006); Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History that Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, 2012); Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders (Harvard University Press, 2014); and Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America's Past (Rutgers University Press, 2018).  


The Harrison Distinguished Lecture

The Harrison Lecture series was established in 1993 through the generosity of Lowell and Penny Harrison to bring leading historians to share their work and ideas with the WKU community. Professor Harrison was a longtime faculty member of the WKU Department of History and a widely respected scholar of U.S. history.


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