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Sanson to Examine History During Cavanaugh Lecture Nov. 18

Released: 11/08/2010

Dr. Jerry Sanson, LSU Alexandria professor of history and Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence winner, will discuss “Your History, My History, Our History: Why We Sometimes Might Not Know What We Think We Know” in a Cavanaugh Lecture Series presentation Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of Art. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sanson, who has written three books and several chapters for other publications, will examine “how history is determined, the perspective from which it’s examined, and how it’s validated.” He will make observations on history as an academic discipline and its use in written and oral form.

The speaker is a member of the Company of Fellows in the Louisiana Historical Association and was presented the Award for Individual Achievement from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Sanson twice has held endowed professorships at LSUA.

The Cavanaugh Lecture Series is administered through the Department of Arts, English and Humanities at LSUA. It is named after Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, the retired immediate past chancellor of the university.