Lycoming College Ewing Lecture to feature dean at Yale University
Lycoming College will host Dr. Jonathan Scott Holloway for the 42nd annual Robert H. Ewing Lecture. Holloway’s presentation, “Whose Memories Matter? Race, Identity, and the Battle for American History,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 8 in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall at the corner of Fourth and Basin streets in Williamsport. This event is free and open to the public.
In his presentation, Holloway will explore how memory, a critical source of historical narrative formation, has shaped our identity and, more specifically, how “racial memories” have fundamentally altered the national script. He will uncover what happens when we carefully examine the roles that race and identity have played in shaping the American character and what happens to our understanding of American history when many of the nation’s citizens do not find their histories represented in the national story of exceptionalism.
Holloway won the William Clyde DeVane Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching at Yale College. He has held fellowships from the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, the Stanford Humanities Center and the Ford Foundation and has served as an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow.
Holloway is currently dean of Yale College and professor of African American studies, history and American studies at Yale University. He specializes in post-emancipation United States history with a focus on social and intellectual history. He is the author of “Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941” and “Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940,” which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
“Whose Memories Matter? Race, Identity, and the Battle for American History” is a part of the Ewing Lecture Series, which was established in 1973 when Robert H. Ewing, for whom the series is named, retired after 27 years at Lycoming College. A revered teacher and friend of the college, his life was characterized by a deep religious faith, a passion for history and a strong devotion to a liberal arts education. These qualities touched the lives of all who came in contact with him and led his many friends to contribute to the Ewing Fund to establish this series.
Holloway’s presentation also is a part of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lectureship Program, which promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history; and the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” initiative.
The Created Equal initiative is made possible through a grant awarded to the John G. Snowden Memorial Library at Lycoming College from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.