Lawrence Levine Celebrated in Cultural History Conference

Posted: September 15, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Call

Celebrating a career of a Mason professor that spans more than 30 years, George Mason will host “The State of Cultural History: A Conference in Honor of Lawrence Levine” Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Arlington Campus.

Levine, a professor of history and cultural studies at Mason, taught for 32 years at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1962 and is a member of both the Society of American Historians and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Lawrence Levine
Lawrence Levine

In 1994, Levine received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also a former MacArthur Fellow. His work includes a wide variety of cultural studies, including African American folk thought; a history and defense of the evolution of the curriculum in American higher education; and most recently, with Cornelia R. Levine, a study of Franklin Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats and a collection of the responses to them by the American people. He is currently working on a cultural history of the United States during the Great Depression.

“Larry Levine has been a towering figure in American cultural history for the past 40 years. His innovative, incisive and insightful books and articles have profoundly shaped all of the work in that field,” says Roy Rosenzweig, director of the Center for History and New Media.

“The goal of the conference is to honor Larry’s accomplishments while at the same time assessing the state of the field and setting the agenda for the next 40 years. It is a tribute to Larry’s influence that so many of the leading figures in cultural history will be gathering for this conference.”

Tomorrow, participants will watch a video about Levine’s career as a cultural historian, and then Jean-Christophe Agnew of Yale University and Nell Irvin Painter of Princeton University will deliver keynote addresses on the “Evolution of Cultural History and the Significance of Lawrence Levine’s Work within that Evolution.”

Afterwards, participants are invited to have dinner and listen to many of Levine’s friends and former students pay tribute to his work and character.

On Saturday, the conference will continue with a series of sessions on the practice of cultural history and its future.

More than 250 people have registered to attend the conference, which will take place in Room 329 of the Original Building. Sponsors are the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Department of History and Art History, the Center for History and New Media and the Cultural Studies Program.

For more information, contact Olivia Ryan or visit the web site.

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