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Scholars gather to honor Nell Painter, April 2-3

Leading African American studies and history scholars will participate in a conference, "Constructing the Past, Creating the Future: The Legacy of Nell Irvin Painter," on Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, in McCosh 10.

The conference is intended to honor Painter, the Edwards Professor of History, who is retiring at the end of the spring semester after 16 years on the Princeton faculty. Since earning her doctorate in American history from Harvard in 1974, Painter has become a distinguished scholar of the United States, specializing in American and African American art history and in race, class and gender.

The event will feature four panel discussions that will address changes in history education and women's and African American studies as well as Painter's influence on the fields. Following the first panel discussion at 3 p.m. Friday, Robin D.G. Kelley, professor of anthropology at Columbia University and a prominent African American studies scholar, will give the keynote address at 5:30 p.m.

The other panel discussions will run from 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Saturday. A testimonial dinner will be held Saturday evening.

Other participants and speakers are expected to include: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and African American Studies at Harvard University; Colin Palmer, the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton; Jane Dailey, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University; Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Levering Lewis, the Silver Professor of History at New York University; and Glenda Gilmore, the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History at Yale University.

The conference is being sponsored by Princeton's Program in African American Studies , Department of History , Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and Program in the Study of Women and Gender .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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