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Award-winning scholar and writer Nell Irvin Painter lectures March 3 at Appalachian

painter_t.jpgBOONE—Nell Irvin Painter, one of the pre-eminent historians in America today, will visit Appalachian State University Monday, March 3, as part of the university’s Forum Lecture Series. Painter’s visit will include interactions with students and faculty members, and will culminate with a public lecture at 8 p.m. titled “Creating Black Americans.” The lecture is in Farthing Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The award-winning scholar and writer’s visit is presented by Appalachian’s University Forum Committee, administered by University College. For additional details about the Forum Lecture Series or Painter’s appearance at Appalachian, call 262-7660 or visit

“I think the subject of Dr. Painter’s talk will resonate with many here in the High Country,” said Howie Neufeld, chair of the University Forum Committee. “The title derives from her latest book of the same name, in which she traces the history of Black Americans from the time of slavery to the present, but she gives this journey a unique twist by exploring the meaning and historical significance of these events through the eyes of black artists, using their photographs, paintings and quilts. The end result will be a visually stimulating presentation of black history that everyone will thoroughly enjoy.”

Painter is the author of six books relating to the history of the American South, including “Southern History Across the Color Line,” which follows the divides that have compartmentalized southern history, women’s history and African American history by focusing on relationships among men and women of different races.

Her critically acclaimed book “Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol” won the nonfiction prize of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. In “Sojourner Truth,” Painter focuses on the life of the black abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. A related article, “Representing Truth: Sojourner Truth’s Knowing and Becoming Known,” appeared in The Journal of American History. Her current research project builds on her analysis of Sojourner Truth’s photographs and concerns personal beauty.

Painter is the Edwards Professor Emeritus of American History at Princeton University. From 1997-2000, she directed the Program in African-American Studies at Princeton. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty of Princeton in 1988, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania and UNC Chapel Hill.

Painter has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Bunting Institute and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. She was awarded the Brown Publication Prize, presented by the Association of Black Woman Historians, and has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.