Dr. James W. Loewen Workshop
On March 4 and 5, 2013 UNI will be host Dr. James W. Loewen, one of the most acclaimed historians
and sociologists on race in the United States. Dr. Loewen will give a public lecture on March 4 in Lang
Auditorium at 7:30, titled “On Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism.” Loewen will
also be presenting two workshops at the UNI Center for Multicultural Education. The first, on Monday,
March 4 at 3:15-4:45, “Sundown Towns: How to Confirm, Study, and Change them” is open to faculty,
staff, students and the general public. The second workshop, “Lies My Teacher Told Me and How to
Avoid Them” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 from 4:00-5:30 and is open to pre-service and in-service
teachers. All events are free of charge.
A prize winning author and lecturer, Loewen is best known for his works Lies My Teacher Told Me, a
book used extensively in varied educational settings throughout the nation, and Sundown Towns: A
Hidden Dimension of American Racism, the story of thousands of communities that kept out African
Americans by force or law. He will be speaking about both major works during his visit. Loewen’s
extensive research, some of it focusing on Iowa, is enormously important in helping people to
understand the hidden elements of racism in US history.
Information on James W. Loewen and his work can be found at http://sundown.afro.illinois.edu/. This
Diversity Inclusion Lecutre is an inaugural event, dedicated to the memory of Drake Martin, known to so
many on the UNI campus for his commitment to diversity inclusion.
Loewen’s visit is sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice-President and Provost, the College of
Business, the College of Education, the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, the College of Social
and Behavioral Sciences, the UNI Faculty Senate, the American Democracy Project, the Campus Coalition
Builders, and the Reaching for Higher Ground project. For more information, contact Karen Mitchell by
phone at 319-273-7753 or by email (Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org).