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January 5, 2005

Purdue announces lecture series for Remnant Trust display

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A series of six talks will give the public an opportunity to learn more about original and early edition historic documents that will be on display at Purdue University as part of the Remnant Trust exhibit.

Starting Monday (Jan. 10), three dozen artifacts from the Remnant Trust, such as the "Emancipation Proclamation" and Machiavelli's "The Prince," will be on display in Purdue's Stewart Center Gallery. The talks, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the Purdue Memorial Union's East and West Faculty Lounges during the exhibit's six-week run. The exhibit, Individuals & Society: Many Voices, Many Views, will run through Feb. 20 and also is free and open to the public.

"People of any age who want to learn more about these historic documents and their contexts are welcome to the lectures," said Margaret Rowe, Purdue vice provost and coordinator of the exhibit and related events. "The public talks are a great opportunity to learn more about why and how these historic writings still influence our lives today."

The first speaker, history professor Michael Morrison, will talk about "The Declaration of Independence" and "Gettysburg Address" on Tuesday (Jan. 11).

"Almost a century may separate these two documents, but there is an incredibly strong link between the two," said Morrison, who studies American history. "During the 1840s and '50s, people in the North and South viewed the crises of that time through the same prism – the American Revolution. No matter what side people from the North and South were on, their definition of America was understood in terms of independence, freedom and self-government.

"And as a result, each side fought to keep the American experiment alive. At Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln said the Civil War was to be a test of whether any nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to equality could long endure."

Morrison said comparing these two documents provides insight into how America defined democracy and relates to other countries that are just beginning democratic governments today.

Other speakers and the works they will talk about include:

• Jan. 18, Judson Jeffries, associate professor of political science, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass."

• Jan. 25, Gerald Lynch, associate dean and professor of economics, Adam Smith's "Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations."

• Feb. 1, Penny Weiss, associate professor of political science, Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Women."

• Feb. 8, Patrice Rankine, chair of the Classics Program and associate professor of foreign languages and literatures, "Works of Seneca."

• Feb. 15, Dorsey Armstrong, assistant professor of English, "The Magna Carta."

The Remnant Trust, based in Hagerstown, Ind., sponsors about a dozen exhibits per year and is a public not-for-profit organization. Purdue faculty and K-12 teachers are being encouraged to incorporate the documents into lesson plans, and Purdue faculty may borrow documents for class use.

A Purdue Libraries Special Collections exhibit also will coincide with the Remnant Trust display. Voices That Changed the World: Selections from the Purdue University Special Collections, which will be in Stewart Center's Room 279, comprises 33 rare volumes by authors including John James Audubon, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Euclid, Homer, Karl Marx, Sir Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Booker T. Washington. The materials in Purdue Libraries' exhibit will be open to the public during regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended times to coincide with the Remnant Trust exhibit, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.

The Stewart Center Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. To schedule class or group visits or for private appointments outside normal hours, contact Mary Ann Anderson at (765) 496-7899. All Galleries' exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Teachers and faculty who want to reserve a book or manuscript in advance should contact Galleries director Craig Martin at (765) 494-3061, cdmartin@purdue.edu.

Writer: Amy Patterson-Neubert, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Sources: Margaret Rowe, (765) 494-0608, mmrowe@purdue.edu

Craig Martin, (765) 494-3061, cdmartin@purdue.edu

Michael Morrison, (765) 494-4127, mmorrison@sla.purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


Note to Journalists: Publication-quality file photographs of the Remnant trust documents are available online.

Related Web sites:
Purdue Galleries

Purdue Libraries Special Collection

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