Brian Purnell, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture
Friday, April 1
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
"Struggle and Progress: African Americans in U.S. Cities from the 1500s to Today"
Brian Purnell’s research and teaching focus on urban history, African American history, oral history, public history, and the history of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, as well as New York City. He is the author of Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn (Kentucky, 2013), which received the 2012 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize for the best unpublished manuscript on New York history by the New York State Historical Association. Purnell has served on the board of directors for the Urban History Association and for the past ten years has served as a consultant and lecturer for numerous public history and teacher education initiatives with the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Columbia University's Institute for Research in African American Studies, and the University of South Carolina.