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Parker History Lecture



Erica Armstrong Dunbar: April 10, 7:30 p.m.

Save the date for the 29th annual Davis R. Parker Memorial History Lecture in Centennial Hall. Dr. Dunbar will present "Running from the Washingtons: Ona Judge and the Founding of a Nation."

Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles & Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University, the inaugural Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.

She has appeared in several documentaries and written for The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Armstrong Dunbar earned the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. She earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. 

“My writing, teaching, and lecturing focus on the uncomfortable concepts of slavery, racial injustice, and gender inequality. While there is deep pain associated with these topics, I marvel at the incredible triumph of survival and the beautiful history of resistance.”

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About the Lecture Series

After Headmaster Davis R. Parker’s death in 1989, his predecessor, Leslie R. Severinghaus, proposed the establishment of an annual lecture dedicated to Mr. Parker’s memory and recognizing his passion for American history.

The initial funding for this endowed lecture series was provided by Dr. Severinghaus and by a bequest directed from Mr. Parker’s estate established by his wife, Jane. The Parker Memorial Fund supports the lecture program and has been sustained by gifts from alumni, faculty, and friends of Mr. Parker.

Upcoming Lectures

Recent speakers

2018: Eric Foner, Columbia University professor

2017: Daniel Ellsberg, writer and political activist

2016: Joanne B. Freeman, Yale University professor

2015: Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court

2014: Kimberly Dozier, AP Intelligence Writer

2013: Dr. John Nagl, U.S. Naval Academy and West Point professor