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Author to lecture on misunderstandings of American history

October 21, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans presents “Lies My Teacher Told Me About Race and Southern History,” a free lecture by James Loewen, Ph.D., open to the public in Loyola’s Nunemaker Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Loewen’s book, “Lies my Teacher Told Me” explores the idea that average American textbooks leave out important historical facts that reflect badly on our national character and instead present a predictable amalgam of stories that Loewen calls an “embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation and outright lies.”

“Lies My Teacher Told Me About Race and Southern History” will focus on historical misrepresentations in the South and New Orleans, as well as the Civil War.

"Dr. Loewen's work challenges our traditional understandings of American history and forces us to expand our historical lens to include the histories of non-dominant group members as well as the unpleasant aspects of American history, the parts of the story we often choose to ignore,” said Kathleen Fitzgerald, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Loyola.

Loewen is professor emeritus at the University of Vermont and author of the best-selling book, “Lies My Teacher Told Me” and the acclaimed, “Sundown Towns.”

For more information, contact Fitzgerald at 504-865-2574 or kfitzger@loyno.edu.

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