Join us for a keynote luncheon featuring Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University. Kent State University is proud to host Professor Foner, one of the nation’s most prominent historians and Bancroft, Lincoln and Pulitzer prize-winning scholars on divisive conflicts in American history.
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, is one of the most prominent historians in the United States. He is one of only two persons to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and Society of American Historians.
Professor Foner is the author and/or editor of over twenty books. His publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history and the history of American race relations. Reconstruction, 1863-1877: America’s Unfinished Revolution (1988), winner of the Bancroft Prize and Los Angeles Times book prize, among other awards, is regarded as the standard work on the era. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2010), was awarded the Bancroft Prize, Pulitzer Prize for History, and the Lincoln Prize. Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad (2015), a New York Times best-seller, won the history award from the New-York Historical Society. He is also recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University. As co-curator of two award-winning historical exhibitions, and through frequent appearances in newspapers and magazines and on radio and television discussion programs, he has also endeavored to bring historical knowledge to a broad public outside the university.
His latest book, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Changed the Constitution, appeared in 2019.
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