Finley Lecture Series Focuses on Civil Rights

Posted: November 16, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This year’s Finley Lecture Series, held on Thursday, Nov. 18, focuses on civil rights at the end of the millennium. Guest speakers are Eric Foner, incoming president of the American Historical Association, and Julian Bond, chair of the national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Both lectures, hosted by the Department of History and Art History, are open to faculty, staff, students, and the general public.

Foner’s lecture, “African-Americans and the Story of American Freedom,” starts at 3:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. A reception in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room follows. Foner is a professor of history at Columbia University. For more than 30 years, he has been a scholar of American history, focusing on the era of slavery, Civil War, and reconstruction, and on American political and social movements.

Bond’s lecture, “2000: A Race Odyssey,” starts at 8 p.m. in Harris Theater. Bond has been a civil rights, economic justice, and peace activist for the past three decades. He served in the Georgia General Assembly for more than 20 years and is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and a distinguished professor at American University. Read more about Bond at the NAACP website.

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