Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes leading historian to discuss the rise of self-identity among early Americans

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Walker Howe will present “Making the American Self” Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Blinn-Bryan Campus

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Walker Howe will present “Making the American Self” Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Blinn-Bryan Campus

October 2, 2018

The Blinn College District’s Division of Social Sciences invites the community to hear from a leading historian regarding the rise of self-identity among 18th- and 19th-Century Americans.

Daniel Walker Howe will discuss his book, “Making the American Self,” with students and guests at the Blinn-Bryan Campus at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Student Center Room F-120 (map). The presentation, part of Blinn’s Distinguished Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Howe is a leading scholar who specializes in the intellectual and religious dimensions of early U.S. history,” Dean of Social Sciences Brandon Franke said. “It will be fascinating for our students and the community to hear from an individual who has dedicated their professional life to analyzing history.”  

This will be Howe’s second visit to present his research at Blinn. The renowned American historian visited the College District in 2008 to discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.”

Prior to his retirement in 2002, Howe taught as a history professor at Yale University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Oxford University in England for a total of 36 years. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Art and Sciences and the Royal Historical Society.

Howe earned his Bachelor of Arts in American history and literature from Harvard University, Master of Arts from Oxford University, and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley.

He also received an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Weber State University in 2014.

In addition to writing numerous books and articles, Howe has served as a source for various television and radio programs on historical and contemporary topics, including the History Channel series, “America: the Story of Us,” and the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency.”

Blinn’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings leading figures to campus to provide students, faculty, and the community with different perspectives and topics of thought in regards to the social sciences. From historians to psychologists, each presentation is unique and is designed to inform and entertain.

Registration currently is available for Blinn’s second 8-week Fall session. Classes will begin Wednesday, Oct. 17. For enrollment or financial aid information, visit www.blinn.edu.

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