Immigration & Civil Rights on the agenda for Art of Memory

Lewis faculty members lead Art of Memory discussions throughout February

Published: February 3, 2010.

As part of the Art of Memory series, Lewis University faculty members will lead discussions throughout the month of February. The two remaining events will both take place at 2 p.m. in Room AS-158 (A-133) on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville.

On Feb. 18, Dr. Eileen McMahon, assistant professor of history, will lecture on “Mythical Memories of Immigration: The Collective Amnesia of the Americas.” As a nation of immigrants, Americans hold certain beliefs and assumptions of what that means. This talk by Dr. Eileen McMahon will examine the myths and realities.

Dr. Cathy Ayers, communications professor, will examine how differently people of the South and the North remember their reactions to the Civil Rights Movement during her Feb. 25 presentation entitled, “Southern Response to Civil Rights in the 1960s.”

The Art of Memory series is presented by the Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest, which supports a biannual symposium. It is also a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. These events are free of charge and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. Ewa Bacon at (815) 836-5568.

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