Memorial for Lawrence Levine Scheduled

Posted: December 5, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A memorial service for Lawrence Levine, professor of history who died in October, will be held on Saturday, Dec.16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of Hazel Hall at Mason’s Arlington Campus. A reception will follow. The service is open to all.

The Department of History and Art History has set up a web site where people may submit their own recollections of Levine, since the number of speakers at the event will be limited.

Levine, formerly the Margaret Byrne Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, is credited with helping transform cultural history in the United States into a more vibrant and accessible field of study. A champion of multiculturalism, Levine won a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, known as the “genius award,” in 1983 for his intellectual curiosity and scholarship.

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) has voted to create an annual Lawrence W. Levine Prize for the best book in cultural history. Contributions to the $50,000 prize endowment fund may be made by credit card at the OAH web site. Alternatively, checks may be made out to “OAH Prize Fund” with “Levine Award” on the memo line, and mailed to Roy Rosenzweig or Mike O’Malley, Department of History and Art History, MS 3G1, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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