February 4, 2002
Duke historian Lawrence Goodwyn discusses democracy in America on February 6
By Jennifer McNulty
Noted historian Lawrence Goodwyn will give a free public talk about democracy in
America on Wednesday, February 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the College Eight Red
Room at UCSC.
During his talk, entitled "Reorganizing Democracy in America," Goodwyn
will outline his vision of what's needed to create a movement to reconstruct democracy
in the United States.
|Lawrence Goodwyn, a professor of history at Duke University, specializes in comparative
social movements, populism, and the American South.
Goodwyn will draw on examples from the civil rights movement and other popular
social movements. Discussion will follow his formal remarks.
Goodwyn is a professor of history at Duke University. He specializes in comparative
social movements, populism, and the American South. He teaches courses on social
theory, the insurgent South, the Civil War, populism, and race, gender, and class.
The founder of the Duke Oral History Program, Goodwyn is the author of several
highly acclaimed books, including Democratic Promise: The Populist Movement in
America, which was nominated for a National Book Award, Breaking the Barrier:
The Rise of Solidarity in Poland, and Texas Oil, American Dreams: A Study
of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association. Goodwyn is
currently working on a manuscript exploring the origins and outcomes of the American
Goodwyn's talk is part of a weeklong visit to UCSC. It is being cosponsored by
the UCSC Departments of Community Studies, American Studies, History of Consciousness,
Sociology, and Politics, as well as College Eight, Merrill College, the UCSC Center
for Justice, Tolerance, and Community, and the Center for Cultural Studies. During
his visit, Goodwyn will also attend undergraduate seminars, meet with graduate students,
and hold discussions with local community organizers.
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