Author James Loewen to present research on 'sundown towns'

Topics: Speakers, Administrative

November 1, 2007

Best-selling author James Loewen will present a lecture on "Sundown Towns in Indiana" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Pruis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Freshman Connections, Loewen will speak about his research on "sundown towns," which are communities that restricted African-Americans from public places after sundown and excluded them from taking up residence. The lecture deals with themes in this year's Freshman Common Reader, "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother" by James McBride.

Loewen is the author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong" and "Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong." Loewen attended Carleton College and has a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University. He taught about race relations for 20 years at the University of Vermont.

For more information, contact Melinda Messineo, associate professor of sociology, at 765-285-5530 or

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