Press Release

06 January 2014

Sharon Monteith, Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham, will give this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture on Monday, 20 January.

Her lecture, Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memoriam and Imagination, will explore the impact King and his legacy has had upon American history, politics and culture.

Professor Monteith has had many publications across literature, history, film, media and cultural studies, usually in the subject of the American South and the Civil Rights Movement. Her books include Advancing Sisterhood: Interracial Friendships in Southern Fiction,  in which she explores the relationships between black and white women as represented by a range of authors and American Culture in the 1960s, where she argues that it is impossible to understand the Sixties without recourse to the southern freedom struggle. She is currently working on a literary history of the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr Nick Witham, Senior Lecturer in American Social and Cultural History in the Department of History and American Studies, will be chairing the event.

He said: “2014 marks the 50th anniversary of several significant events in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement, not least the passage of the Civil Rights Act, which ended legal segregation in the South. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a key figure in the political process that led to this landmark piece of legislation. Since his assassination in 1968, King’s legacy has been hotly debated, by historians and politicians and also by artists, novelists and filmmakers. Professor Monteith’s lecture will explore these traditions of commemoration, and provide a uniquely interdisciplinary view on the significance of a towering figure in American history, politics and culture.”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture is open and free for all. It will take place on Monday, 20 January at 6:00pm in Ramsey Rg38, North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury.

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