I am giving a talk on Howard Zinn at one of the oldest community groups in the nation. Founded in 1951 the College of Complexes, name derived from a Freudian reference, sponsors weekly lectures by experts on a variety of critical issues. HNN (see Useful Links) will publish an abridged version of my talk I believe in August. The following announcement and images are derived from the College of Complexes website. Wikipedia also has an entry on the CoC.
While I probably should defer previewing my talk since I don’t want either the “College” or HNN to feel preempted, I can briefly discuss the images below that appear on the College of Complexes’ website. Dr. Zinn’s, The People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, is his best known work and was published initially thirty years ago. It has sold millions of copies I understand and rarely does a book intended for undergraduate survey courses, at least in the field of history, achieve such wide dissemination. The middle image, of course, is of Professor Howard Zinn who died in California while on a speaking tour in January of this year at the age of 87. The bottom image refers to a History Channel 2009 production that was derived from the book that was also issued in DVD. Matt Dillon and other performers dramatized many of the themes from Dr. Zinn’s oeuvre.
This is the announcement of my talk:
“Remembering Howard Zinn:
Giving Voice to the Voiceless”
Meeting # 3,076 – Peter N. Kirstein, Ph.D., is professor of history at St. Xavier University, Chicago, VP American Association of University Professors, Illinois, Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Professor Kirstein is a nationally known advocate for peace and justice, and as a progressive critic of American foreign policy. He has appeared frequently on PBS in Chicago, and his commentaries have been published in the New York Times. Prof. Kirstein was both a student and advisee of Dr. Zinn, and both were included in the book by David Hororwitz, The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. http://people.sxu.edu/~kirstein