Capps Lecture and Book Signing

November 3rd, 4:45- 6:45 pm

Going Public: The Birth and Rebirth of Erasmus Hall, Cost: Free

Location: Converse Hall at 88 Tremont St, Boston MA 02108

4:45-5:05 pm Schwartz Prize Presentation
5:05-5:15 pm Brief Intermission
5:15-6:15 pm Capps Lecture
6:15-6:45 pm Book Signing

The 2017 Capps Lecture is open to the public free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute and Mass Humanities. Conference attendees can RSVP to attend this event during online conference registration.

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About the 2017 Capps Lecturer

Dr. Craig Steven Wilder

This year’s distinguished Capps Lecturer is Dr. Craig Steven Wilder, a historian of American institutions and ideas. Dr. Wilder is currently the Barton L. Weller Professor of History at MIT. His most recent book is Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013), which Kirkus Reviews named one of the best nonfiction books of the year and which won multiple book awards. It inspired the Grammy Award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding’s song, “Ebony and Ivy” in “Emily’s D+Evolution” (2016). A book titled Ebony & Ivy was featured in the film “Dear White People” (2014). He is also the author of A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000/2001); and In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City (New York: New York University Press, 2001/2004).

Professor Wilder is a senior fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative, where he has served as a visiting professor, commencement speaker, and academic advisor. For more than a decade, BPI has given hundreds of men and women the opportunity to earn college degrees during their incarcerations in the New York State prison system.

About the Capps Lecture: The Walter H. Capps Memorial Lecture was established by the Federation Board of Directors in 1999 to honor the memory of Congressman Walter H. Capps – teacher, writer, public servant, and humanist. A member of the California state humanities council for six years, and its chair for three, Congressman Capps was also the Federation board chair from 1983 to 1985.