The University Record, October 14, 1998
From the Graduate School
Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, will speak on The Story of American Freedom at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in Rackham Auditorium as part of the Graduate Schools 1998 Lecture Series on American Values.
Foner will draw from his new book, also titled The Story of American Freedom, in looking at how the American definition of freedom, central to our political culture, has changed over time, and how the boundaries of freedom---who is entitled to enjoy it---have been contested.
His book covers the period from the American Revolution, when a nation was founded that was dedicated to the idea of universal liberty---but founded in considerable measure on slavery---to the present, where freedom often seems to mean a series of negations---of government, of taxes, of any restraint on individual choice.
The American values series is an extension of the Events at Rackham Series that was developed to showcase the enormous wealth of talent that exists within the University and beyond, and offers a medium for addressing matters of scholarly but popular interest in ways that articulate, reaffirm and, at times, debate the values of the University.
There will be a book-signing following Foners presentation. For information, call 647-2640.