SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Wittenberg University students have had many positive educational opportunities during Black History Month 2005. None may be more informative than a special presentation by controversial author James W. Loewen titled “Lies My Teacher Told Me About Black Americans” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center on campus.
Loewen, a sociologist and former professor of race relations at the University of Vermont and Tougaloo College in Mississippi, is the author of several acclaimed books. They include Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, Lies Across America: What Our Historic Markers and Monuments Get Wrong, Mississippi: Conflict and Change, The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White, and Social Science in the Courtroom.
“I have known Dr. Loewen for several years now and used his book Lies My Teacher Told Me in my Common Learning classes,” said Artimus Keiffer, assistant professor of geography, who initiated Loewen’s visit. “His statements are well researched and documented from numerous sources. He is meticulous in the presentation of his data.
“Overall, he makes us aware that there are other ways to interpret the historical facts. It will be a lively presentation.”
Now a resident of Washington, D.C., Loewen, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, is conducting research for a forthcoming book on “Sundown Towns,” all-white American communities that expelled black citizens and other ethnic minorities, usually between 1890-1925. He will discuss his research in an open forum at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Carnegie 115.
Loewen’s appearance at Wittenberg is sponsored by the Departments of Geography, Sociology, Education and Athletics & Recreation, Concerned Black Students, Multicultural Student Programs, Womyn’s Center, Faculty Endowment Fund Board, Provost’s Office and Student Activities. The event, which is part of Wittenberg’s Cultural Diversity Lecture Series celebrating Black History Month, is free and open to the public.