Cornell Historian to Discuss Controversial Art

OGDEN, Utah – Michael Kammen, the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture at Cornell University, will present the 2008 Social Science Lecture at Weber State University on Oct. 7.

Kammen, who taught at Cornell for more than 40 years, will present "Visual Shock: When and Why American Art Sparks Controversy" at 1:30 p.m. in the Stewart Library Hetzel-Hoellein Room.

Kammen is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as president of the Organization of American Historians in 1995-96. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1973 for his book "People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization." His recently published books include "A Time to Every Purpose: The Four Seasons in American Culture" and "American Culture, American Tastes: Social Change and the Twentieth Century."

This is Kammen's second visit to WSU. He also visited the Ogden campus in 1976 to speak as part of a celebration of the nation's bicentennial.

The event is free to the public. For more information contact the Department of History at 801-626-6706.

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Susan Matt, professor and chair, Department of History
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