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Nell Irvin Painter comes to CWRU

Katie Kooser

Issue date: 1/21/11 Section: News
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Every year, the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated on Case Western Reserve University's campus. During the week-long commemoration, the Northeast Ohio and campus communities are invited to participate in various workshops, discussions, and lectures. This year, author and historian Nell Irvin Painter will deliver the keynote address during the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation today at 12:30 p.m in Ford Auditorium, drawing this year's celebration to a close.

Painter's inclusion in the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is fitting given her professional background. The award-winning author and Edwards Professor Emeritus of American History at Princeton University has published many works about the history of the American south. Her works Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol and Standing at Armageddon: the United States, 1877-1919 won Painter the nonfiction prize of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Letitia Brown Memorial Publication Prize, respectively.

The author received her Ph.D from Harvard University, her M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. A current M.F.A candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design, Painter endeavors to represent visual elements of history and culture through her arts. During the 2011 MLK Convocation, Painter will elaborate on her newest book, The History of White People, which investigates Western Civilization and the invention of race.
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