Princeton Professor Is Black History Month
G.Y.R.O. Scholar

Nell Irvin Painter, director of the Princeton University African-American Studies Program, is the University's 1999 Visiting GYRO Scholar for Black History Month. Painter, who is also the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton, discussed her 1996 biography on abolitionist and women's rights advocate Sojourner Truth at a public lecture yesterday in Gasson 100.

Painter's 1987 book Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919 , won the Letitia Brown Memorial Publication Prize. Her other books include The Narrative of Hosea Hudson: His Life as a Negro Communist in the South and Exodustors: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction .

Nell Irvin Painter.

Her appearance was sponsored through the GYRO - "Grow Your Own" - Project, which offers encouragement to African-American graduate students pursuing academic careers. Conceived by the Office for Affirmative Action and co-sponsored by the Office of the Academic Vice President, GYRO organizes appearances by scholars of African-American descent, and presentations of papers on black history by BC graduate students that are later published in a bound volume.

-Sean Smith

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