Award-winning author and DePauw University professor emeritus of history John Dittmer will deliver the final lecture in Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s “Brown at 60” series Dec. 3 at noon. The lecture is free and open to the public in the law school’s moot court room.
Dittmer, a nationally recognized authority on the civil rights movement, will speak on “School Desegregation in the Heart of Dixie: Mississippi Then and Now.” The lecture is one of the law school’s events marking the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Dittmer’s works include the 1995 Bancroft Prize-winning book “Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi,” “Black Georgia in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920” and “The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care.”
The series is supported by the IU Office for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, with additional support from the IU Maurer School of Law chapter of the American Constitution Society.
The series will conclude at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, with a screening of "American Promise" at the IU Cinema. The 2013 documentary spans 13 years and follows two African-American children from kindergarten through high school at one of the nation’s premier private institutions. Tickets are free but required and may be picked up during regular hours from the IU Cinema box office or 30 minutes before the event.