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RCWEC Community Manuscript Workshop with Michael Haggerty

October 11, 2022
12:30PM
– 2:00PM

On Tuesday, October 11th, Richards Center affiliates are invited to participate in a manuscript workshop featuring predoctoral fellow Michael Haggerty. Those interested in participating should read the pre-circulated paper beforehand and be willing to participate in a constructive conversation. This event is open to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, pre-docs, post-docs, and faculty.

Lunchtime Discussion with Gerald Horne

October 18, 2022
12:30PM
– 1:30AM

Brownbag Lunchtime Discussion with Gerald Horne – Open to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, pre-docs, post-docs, and faculty

Jamelle Bouie: What’s the Matter with American Democracy?

October 27, 2022
4:00PM
The State Theatre

The missing ingredient in American democracy is political equality, the idea that all citizens are of equal weight, even if they aren’t of equal voice. It’s not just that political equality is essential if Americans ever hope to realize the potential of their democracy, but that the absence of political equality from our institutions is part of what has warped our political system into something which struggles to express our democratic values.

Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News, covers U.S. politics, public policy, elections, and race. His political instincts provide audiences with unique insight on the past, present, and future of our national politics, policy, and the state of race relations.

The event will take place at the State Theatre (130 W College Ave, State College 16801) and is sponsored by the Richards Center and the McCourtney Institute for Democracy.

2022 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series

November 3, 2022
– November 5, 2022
Paterno Library

Memory of War: The Seventeenth Century and the US Civil War

Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean, the Fred C. Frey Professor at Louisiana State University, will deliver the 2022 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lectures.

Thursday, November 3, 5pm EDT, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library: Why the Civil War Happened

Friday, November 4, 5pm EDT, Mann Assembly, 103 Paterno Library: Managing Civil War

Saturday, November 5, 4pm EDT, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library: What Civil Wars Mean

Dr. Sheehan-Dean’s lectures will explore how Americans’ historical consciousness shaped the Civil War. In particular, he will focus on how people remembered and analogized the English Civil Wars (or the Wars of the Three Nations) with their own conflict. Northerners and Southerners both made use of history, albeit in contrasting ways, and Northerners argued among themselves.  From the war’s origins to its final moments, Americans drew on history to contest the legitimacy of rebellion, how to fight a civil conflict, and what the meant.

Aaron Sheehan-Dean is the Fred C. Frey Professor of Southern Studies and chairman of the History Department at Louisiana State University. He teaches courses on nineteenth-century U.S. history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Southern History. He is the author of the award-winning The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War, Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia, and most recently Reckoning with Rebellion: War and Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century.

The 2022 Brose Lectures are co-sponsored by the Richards Center and Penn State University Libraries.

Read more about the Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture and Book Series

Lunchtime Discussion with Bob Lockhart

November 15, 2022
12:30PM
– 1:30PM

Brownbag Lunchtime Discussion with Bob LockhartOpen to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, pre-docs, post-docs, and faculty