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Sociologist, Author Will Correct the History Books in Free Lecture

Published on October 29, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Best-selling author and sociologist James Loewen will discuss myths and half-truths we learned in high school history in a lecture at Susquehanna University on Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. in Faylor Lecture Hall, in Fisher Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Loewen’s award-winning book, “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong,” has sold more than 1.25 million copies. Based on Loewen’s two-year study at the Smithsonian Institution, the book exposes misinformation commonly found in high school American history textbooks and provides a more accurate and intriguing retelling of American history.

Loewen is also known for his research on “sundown towns,” U.S. communities that barred blacks for some 70 years until the passage of the Fair Housing Act in the late 1960s. His book “Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism” was named a Distinguished Book of 2005 by the Gustavus Myers Foundation.

Loewen attended Carleton College and holds a doctorate degree in sociology from Harvard University. He taught race relations for 20 years at the University of Vermont and previously taught at predominantly black Tougaloo College in Mississippi. He has been a visiting professor of sociology at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., since 1997. Loewen is the recipient of several awards, including the first annual Spivack Award of the American Sociological Association for “sociological research applied to the field of intergroup relations,” and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

Karen M. Jones

Susquehanna University Architecture

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