Top Historian Lecture

“The History of White People” author Nell Irvin Painter to speak at USF Feb. 26.


TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2013) – One of the nation’s top historians, Nell Irvin Painter, asks a provocative question: “Can a Black Scholar Write About White People?” in a public talk she will offer as the University of South Florida Humanities Institute’s first Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence. This event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., in the Patel Center for Global Solutions Auditorium, (CGS) on the Tampa campus, followed by a wine-and-cheese reception and book signing.


Painter, the Edwards Professor Emerita of American History at Princeton University, is an award-winning scholar, who will be in residence at USF for the last two weeks in February. She is the author of many books, including “The History of White People” (2010), “Creating Black Americans” (2006), and “Southern History Across the Color Line” (2002), and is a noted public intellectual, facing interviewers as diverse as Bill Moyers, Stephen Colbert and Big


Painter has served as president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association, and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Antiquarian Society. Most recently, she has reinvented herself as an artist, moving increasingly away from traditional scholarship, and immersing herself in the creative arts.


During her residency, Painter will meet with students and faculty, conduct guest lectures in classes from various departments, and teach a special master class.


For more information, contact Liz Kicak at 813-974-3657 or