*Moments of Truth Lecture*
On October 4 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM, Mason will host Dr. Chris Myers Asch
in the Center for the Arts Lobby as the 2011 Moments of Truth Speaker.
Dr. Asch is a history professor at the University of District of
Columbia and author of /The Senator and the Sharecropper/, a compelling
book about the way the economics of the cotton industry and the politics
of Senator James O. Eastland influenced the progress of the civil rights
movement in Mississippi. Dr. Asch weaves the story of Senator Eastland
with the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, the daughter of a sharecropper and
civil rights activist.
The title for the lecture is /Unfinished Work: Mississippi, D.C., and
the Struggle to Live Up to American Ideals/.According to the speaker,
“The title comes from Lincoln’s line at the end of his second Inaugural
Address, where he talks about how we must ‘strive on to finish the work
we are in.’” He plans to talk about his time in Mississippi with Teach
for America, as well as his experience growing up in DC public schools,
his efforts to start the Public Service Academy, and his book.
There will be a book signing and reception following the free lecture.
This event is sponsored by the CHSS Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Collaborative. For more information about the Moments of Truth Lecture,
contact the Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) office at [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or 3-4556.
Jeannie Brown Leonard, PhD
Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS)
George Mason University
Enterprise Hall, Room 351
4400 University Drive, MS 5A9
Fairfax, VA 22030
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