Current History: Fall 2002

Award-Winning Historical Collection Now Available Online

The Oral History Digital Collection at Youngstown State University was named a finalist for a 2002 Award of Achievement by Northern Ohio Live! magazine in the IT/Internet Resource category. The Oral History Program at YSU began in 1974 by Professor Hugh G. Earnhart. In its 28 year existence, the program has collected over 2000 interviews with northeastern Ohioans on topics ranging from education to the steel industry to politics. In 2001, the staff of YSU’s Maag Library digitized the transcripts and placed them on-line, making them available on the internet.

Anyone wishing to examine these materials can access the collection at

Upcoming Events

Archaeology Lecture Series
October 15, 2002-April 2003, University of Akron

The University of Akron Department of Classical Studies, Anthropology and Archeology and the Archeological Institute of America invite the public to attend their fall lecture series. Guest speakers of national reputation highlight the following internationally themed programs:

Tuesday October 15, 2002
Unsolved Mystery of the Agora Bone Well
Dr. Susan Rotroff, Washington University

Wednesday, November 6, 2002
The Desert Islands of Ancient Greece
P. Nick Kardulias, College of Wooster

Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Ostentation in Marble and Isotopic Analysis at Pompeii: The House of the Vettii
J. Clayton Fant, The University of Akron

Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Notes from the Underground: a Byzantine Settlement in Cappadocia
Robert Ousterhout, University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana)

Tuesday, April 22, 2003
A Lecture on Pompeii, topic to be announced (UA CSAA Harpham Lecture)
Pedar Foss, DePauw University, Indiana and Bilkent University, Ankara.
Dr. Foss will also give a workshop in the afternoon of April 22

All programs start at 8:15 p.m. at Folk Auditorium at the University of Akron. Anyone who desires more information on these lectures may contact Dr. Clayton Fant at the University of Akron Department of Classical Studies, Anthropology and Archaeology at (330) 972-8069.

Black History Lecture Series
February 6-April 10, 2003, University of Akron

“The Responsibilities of the Public Citizen” is the theme for the 2003 Black History Lecture Series presented by The University of Akron’s Pan-African Studies Program, the Ohio Humanities Council and Alltel Mobile. The lectures will take place on Feb. 6, Feb. 27 and April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill. The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

Feb. 6
Dr. William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, will speak on urban policy and minority groups. His teaching and research interests include urban poverty, urban race and class relations, and social inequality in cross-cultural perspective. He is the author of “Power, Racism, and Privilege,” “The Declining Significance of Race,” “The Truly Disadvantaged,” “When Work Disappears” and “The Bridge Over the Racial Divide.”

Feb. 27
Dr. Houston A. Baker, the Susan Fox Beischer & George D. Beischer Arts & Sciences Professor of English and Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University, will lecture on the Harlem Renaissance. He is the author of articles, essays and reviews in Victorian, American and Afro-American literatures and cultures. He also has penned a number of critical and scholarly books and studies of Afro-American literature and culture, including “Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance.”

April 10
Dr. Winthrop D. Jordan, professor of history and Afro-American studies at the University of Mississippi, will discuss the legacy of “The One-Drop Rule” — that it only takes one drop of African blood to make a person African American — as a top American social policy. Jordan is the recipient of seven book awards, including the National Book Award. He also is co-author of several textbooks for junior high and high school students.

For more information contact Dr. Abel Bartley, director of the Pan-African Studies Program at 330-972-4909.

“Challenging America’s Color Line”
Wednesday, March 19, 2003 6:00 p.m., Cleveland State University

The Thomas F. Campbell Cleveland Seminar presents “Challenging America’s Color Line,” a panel discussion featuring Dr. Joseph De Marco, Dr. Wornie Reed, and Dr. Karen Sotiropoulos. The discussion will take place at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Dively Room on Euclid Avenue at East 18th Street. The co-sponsors are: the CSU Department of History, CSU-Langston Hughes Gift Account, the Cleveland Teacher’s Academy, and the CSU Office of Minority Affairs and Community Relations. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information please call (216) 523-7182 or visit the History Department’s website at

Ohio and the World Lecture Series
March 20-June 12, 2003, Ohio State University

To commemorate the Ohio Bicentennial, The Ohio State University will sponsor an Ohio Bicentennial Distinguished Lecture Series entitled “Ohio and the World” featuring distinguished scholars and thinkers, both from around the nation and from within Ohio, who will present their lectures in the spring of 2003. The series begins with Ohio before statehood, followed by seven lectures that highlight the major themes that substantially define the State’s history at different dates: Ohio and the world circa 1753, circa 1803, circa 1853, circa 1903, circa 1953, circa 2003, and circa 2053. It concludes with a “retrospective” lecture looking at Ohio’s future in the light of its past, with a special focus upon education generally and higher education in particular. The lectures will be made available to Ohio and the world by simulcast on the web; all but the first and last lecture will be presented twice, once in Columbus and once in an appropriate venue elsewhere in Ohio.

Inaugural Lecture: R. W. Apple, Associate Editor, The New York Times
Title: Views and Themes from Ohio’s Past
Venue: The Atrium, The Statehouse
Date: March 20, 2003, 3:30 PM

Circa 1753: R. David Edmunds, Watson Professor of American History University of Texas – Dallas
Title: Native Ohioans and European Conflict: Society and Culture Before European Settlement
Venue: Sullivant Hall Theater, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Date: April 2, 2003, 7:30 PM
Second Venue: April 3, Newark, OSU-Newark

Circa 1803: James O. Horton, Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History, The George Washington University
Title: Statehood and After: Settlement, Culture, and Social Change
Venue: Schoenbaum Hall Auditorium, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Date: April 9, 2003, 7:30 PM
Second Venue: April 10, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Museum Center/University of Cincinnati

Circa 1853: Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History Columbia University
Title: Prologue to War: Slavery, Social Conflict, and the Civil War
Venue: Sullivant Hall, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Date: April 14, 2003, 3:30 PM
Second Venue: April 13, Toledo University

Circa 1903: Kathryn Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor of History and Co-Director, Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, SUNY Binghamton
Title: Ohio, The Heartland of Progressive Reform
Venue: Sullivant Hall Theater, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Date: May 7, 2003, 7:30 PM
Second Venue: May 8, Dayton, Sinclair Community College

Circa 1953: James T. Patterson, Ford Foundation Professor of History Brown University
Title: Beyond Main Street: The Passing of Agrarian Society, War, and Civil Rights
Venue: Sullivant Hall Theater, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Date: May 14, 2003, 7:30 PM
Second Venue: May 15, Cleveland, Case Western Reserve/Western Reserve Historical Society

Circa 2003: Herbert B. Asher, Professor of Political Science Emeritus The Ohio State University
Title: A Changing Society: The New World Economy, Energy, Globalization, and the Environment
Venue: Sullivant Hall Theater, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Date: May 21, 2003, 7:30 PM
Second Venue: May 22, Athens, Ohio University

Circa 2053: William E. Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland
Title: A Retrospective on Ohio’s Quality of Life: A Consideration of “Roads Taken and Roads not Taken” for the 21st Century
Venue: Sullivant Hall Theater, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Date: June 12, 2003, 3:30 PM

For more information, please visit the following websites:

The Ohio Bicentennial Commission:

The Ohio Humanities Council:

“The English Atlantic in An Age of Revolution 1640-1660”
Friday, April 4, 2003, Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Renaissance/Early Modern Studies Seminar presents “The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution 1640-1660,” which will be given by Dr. Carla Pestana, Ohio State University. The lecture will be given on Friday, April 4, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cleveland State University Mather Mansion 101. For additional information, please call (216) 687-3290 or please send an email to

Sally A. Miller Lecture: “Eichmann’s Ghost”
Wednesday, April 9, 2003, The University of Akron

The University of Akron Department of History is pleased to announce that this year’s Sally Miller lecture will be given by Marianna Torgovnick, Professor of English at Duke University. The lecture is entitled “Eichmann’s Ghost.” To quote Torgovnick, “It’s from a book I am writing called The War Complex about the cultural memory of WWII, with glances forward to the evolving memory in the U.S. of Sept 11th.” The Miller lecture is scheduled for Wednesday April 9, 2003 at 7:30 pm in the Martin Center of the University of Akron. The lecture is free to the public and all are welcome.

W.E.B. Du Bois Traveling Exhibit
April 28-May 11, 2003, African American Museum, Cleveland

The African American Museum, Cleveland is featuring a W.E.B. Du Bois Traveling Exhibit, which has been provided by the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Exhibit is part of Cleveland State University’s “The Soul of W.E.B. Du Bois: Celebrating the Genius of An American Scholar” that runs from February to May 2003. The exhibit is free with museum admission.

Book Discussion Groups: The Souls of Black Folk and Up From Slavery
Saturday, May 3, 2003, 11:00 a.m., Cleveland State University

For the second consecutive year, The Cleveland Teachers Academy (CTA) is partnering with Cleveland State University’s Department of History to host discussions of seminal books in American history. CTA will provide copies of W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk and Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery to teachers who register in advance for the discussions. Dr. Regennia N. Williams of the CSU History Department will lead the discussions and offer sample lesson plans to individuals interested in using the texts for classroom activities. For registration information (Cleveland Municipal School District teachers only) please call Ms. Gwen Roberts, (216) 377-4150. For other information please call (216) 523-7182.