Distinguished historian and author Eric Foner from Columbia University will examine what freedom in America means when he gives a free, public talk in Strosacker Auditorium, 2125 Adelbert Road, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. The event—co-sponsored by Case's Department of History, College Scholars Program, and American and Ethnic Studies Programs, with support from the Ohio Humanities Council—begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6.
Foner, Columbia's DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, is one of the country's most prominent historians. His writings and teachings examine the intersections of intellectual, political and social history in America and race relations.
His distinguished career began as a graduate student under the guidance of Richard Hofstadter in the Department of History at Columbia University. Foner continued his work, enlightening the public through his on-camera and on-air appearances in historical documentaries on PBS, the History Channel and radio as well as through his writings for such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post and London Review of Books.
Among his latest books are Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction (2005), Give Me Liberty! An American History and a companion volume Voices of Freedom (2004), Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World (2002), and The Story of American Freedom (1998).
Foner is only the second person to have served as president of three major historical associations—the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association and the Society of American Historians.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.