Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 8, 2006

Whitworth History Professor to Attend Summer Seminar on Slavery

Arlin Migliazzo, professor of history at Whitworth College, will attend a summer seminar sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Council of Independent Colleges. Seminar participants are selected by competitive nomination.

Professors David W. Blight, Class of '54 Professor of History at Yale University, and James O. Horton, Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University, will lead this four-day seminar (June 25-28) at Columbia University. The topic of study is "Slavery: Scholarship and Public History."

Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars are designed to strengthen participants' commitment to high-quality history teaching. The seminars provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to the classroom. For more information, visit, www.gilderlehrman.org.

Participants will travel to Columbia University and live in campus housing with 26 other professors. Scholarly lectures constitute a majority of the programming, but participants will also enjoy seminar-style discussions on pedagogy. All expenses are paid by the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

David W. Blight is the author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, for which he won the 2001 Frederick Douglass Prize and the 2002 Bancroft and Lincoln Prizes. His other books include Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory and the Civil War, Frederick Douglass' Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee, and the edited volumes, When this Cruel War is Over: The Civil War Letters of Charles Harvey Brewster; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; and The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. DuBois. He is also director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

James O. Horton is also director of the African American Communities Project at the National Museum of American History, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and the past president of the Organization of American Historians. He is author of Free People of Color: Inside the African American Community, and co-author (with his wife Lois E. Horton) of In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Community and Protest Among Northern Free Blacks, 1700-1860; Black Bostonians: Family Life and Community Struggle in the Antebellum North; and Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of African America and Slavery and the Making of America.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. Increasingly national and international in scope, the Institute targets audiences ranging from students to scholars to the general public. It creates history-centered schools and academic research centers, organizes seminars and enrichment programs for educators, partners with school districts to implement Teaching American History grants, produces print and electronic publications and traveling exhibitions, and sponsors lectures by eminent historians. The institute also funds awards including the Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and George Washington Book Prizes and offers fellowships for scholars to work in history archives, including the Gilder Lehrman Collection.


Eric Sharfstein , The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, (646) 366-9666 x29 or sharfstein@gilderlehrman.org.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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