Tuesday, February 21, 2012

David Oshinsky Lecture

David Oshinsky Lecture: March 7th

Oak Room, Student Center, Taylorsville- Redwood Campus
Include Panel Discussion with Facualty from Humanities department.
Free admission

David Oshinsky holds the Jack S. Blanton Chair in History at The University of Texas at Austin and is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University. He graduated from Cornell in 1965 and obtained his PhD from Brandeis University in 1971. His books include “A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy,” which won the Hardeman Prize for the best book about the U.S. Congress and was a New York Times “notable book of the year;” “Worse Than Slavery,” which won the Robert Kennedy Book Award for its “distinguished contribution to human rights” and was also a New York Times “notable book of the year;” and “Polio: An American Story,” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2006. His reviews and essays appear regularly in the New York Times and other national publications. In 2009, PBS aired the documentary, “The Polio Crusade,” based on “Polio: An American Story.”

Honors and Awards:
Pulitzer Prize in History, 2006, for “Polio: An American Story.”
Hoover Presidential Book Award, 2006, for “Polio An American Story.”
Academy of Distinguished Teachers, University of Texas, 2008.
Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2007.
Dean’s Medal, Distinguished Contribution to Public Health, Bloomberg (Johns
Hopkins) School of Public Health, 2009.
Main Commencement Speaker, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009.
Main Commencement Speaker, University of Texas, 2007.

Topic of Lecture:
Acclaimed historian David Oshinsky chronicled the life of Senator Joe McCarthy in “A Conspiracy So Immense”. The book has been called both "nuanced" and "masterful” as it reveals the internal and external forces that launched McCarthy on this political career, carried him to national prominence, and finally triggered his decline and fall. Mr. Oshinsky will bring this unique insight to the college to speak about the era of McCarthyism and how it affected such literary works as “The Crucible”.

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