Renowned US Scholar Visits UK for Black History Month

Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University will visit the UK on the Fulbright Specialist Programme for two weeks this October to mark Black History Month.

Arriving on 9 October, Professor Painter will be spending one week at the University of Edinburgh before travelling on to the Newcastle University for the remainder of her trip. Whilst here she will be giving two public lectures based upon her most recent ground-breaking book The History of White People, as well as discussing a fascinating range of topics related to African American history and race relations with Edinburgh and Newcastle’s students and faculty in a series of seminars and workshops.

Now a leading historian of the United States, Professor Painter gained her doctorate at Harvard University and has received prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Antiquarian Society. She has served as the president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association, as well as writing numerous well-received articles and award-winning monographs on American history. Moreover, Professor Painter is also an accomplished artist and received a BFA degree in painting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2009.

The University of Edinburgh and Newcastle University are “delighted” to be hosting Professor Painter this October. “What's amazing about this opportunity” commented Dr Benjamin Houston, Lecturer in Modern US History at Newcastle, “is how Professor Painter will be able to touch different sectors of the university and community life.  With the public lecture, she'll share important ideas from her research with a wider audience, which will enable conversations inside and outside the university about how the humanities can help us understand humanity and current events.  By meeting with our postgraduates, she'll be able to instruct future scholars, public servants and educated citizens about the practice of history and how it is researched, analysed and written.  Finally, the university will get to benefit from seeing how creativity and thinking in the humanities need not be confined to one discipline, as we get a sense of how Professor Painter has explored themes artistically as well as through her history scholarship.”  Paul Quigley, Lecturer in American History at Edinburgh, concurs: “The School of History, Classics & Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to welcome Professor Nell Irvin Painter for a week-long visit during Black History Month. Her time in Edinburgh will raise awareness of Black History Month among our students, staff, and the wider Edinburgh community and we are extremely grateful to the Fulbright Program as well as to Professor Painter [for this opportunity].”

The Fulbright Specialist Programme promotes linkages between US academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The programme is designed to award grants to qualified US faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. More details can be found in the Scholars and Fellows section of the US-UK Fulbright Commission website.

Attend a public lecture:

Professor Painter will be lecturing on “The History of White People” at:

The University of Edinburgh, Teviot Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 6:00pm to 7:15pm - register here


Newcastle University, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Thursday 20th October, 2011 from.5.00pm to 6.30pm – more information here; no pre-booking required

More information on Professor Painter’s impressive academic and artwork can be found on her website.