2019 New Speakers and Programs
September 12, 2018
In the 2019 fiscal year (November 1, 2018 through October 31, 2019), two new speakers and five new programs will be available for request. Remember to wait until after October 1, 2018 to submit a request for a Speaker program taking place after November 1, 2018.
We are happy to welcome to the Speaker’s program:
Jim Curtis: Dr. Curtis received his Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University in 1967, taught three years at the University of Texas at Austin and came to the University of Delaware in 1970. During his thirty-three years at Delaware, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American History and American Studies. He also directed the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture from 1974-76 and 1986-2003. Dr. Curtis received the University’s excellence in teaching award in 1976 and two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his work in visual history. He helped found the History Media Center at the University that created a large slide and film library for use in History department courses. He has published four books, the last of which, Discriminating Views, is the basis for his program Documentary Photography and Japanese American Internment.
Kathy Trusty: Kathy Trusty is an independent historian and a black history educator. She began this phase of her career in 1997 when she received a grant to document the history of African Americans in Paterson, New Jersey. Her research led to collaboration with the Paterson Museum on the exhibition, “As I was Saying…” Reflections of African Americans in Paterson. Kathy co-authored the exhibit text panels and the accompanying exhibit booklet. A few years later she collaborated with the museum on Silk City Slugger: First in the American League, an exhibit about Paterson native (via South Carolina), Larry Doby, the first African American to play baseball in the American League. Kathy has been conducting black history presentations, creating displays and producing black history programs for more than fifteen years. She receives requests for black history content regularly from educators around the country. Those requests inspired her to create Black History Ed Zone (BHEZ) in 2013. BHEZ is a black history education company that produces a line of products called Black PROPS. These products are created to simplify the inclusion of black history and to show that black history is American history.
Be sure to read about our five new programs: