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Renowned Historian to Lecture at UM on Tues., Mar. 8

Barbara Fields, professor of history at Columbia University, will deliver the inaugural Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern History. Her lecture, titled “Racecraft and Southern History,” is set for Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Overby Center auditorium. Fields, who received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University, is the author of “Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland during the Nineteenth Century” and is the coauthor or coeditor of several works on the history of emancipation. Her books and articles, beginning with a 1982 essay entitled “Ideology and Race in American History,” have influenced a generation of scholars to examine race what she has termed “a purely ideological notion.” Fields has won many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship to teach at the University of Mississippi in 1988.


The Gilder-Jordan lecture series, organized through the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the African American Studies Program, and the Department of History, honors the support of Richard Gilder and Dan and Lou Jordan. Richard Gilder, one of America’s leading philanthropists, has supported the study of American history through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York, Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, and other organizations. Good friends of Richard Gilder and his wife Lois Chiles, Dan and Lou Jordan are University of Mississippi alumni. Dan Jordan served for years as the president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Charlottesville, Va.