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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lauralton Hall’s Scholar-in-Residence Program to Host Darryl Mace, Ph.D., Noted Historian and Civil Rights Expert

MILFORD--In celebration of Black History Month, Lauralton Hall is pleased to announce that Darryl Mace, Ph.D., will be a visiting lecturer as part of the school’s innovative and highly successful Scholar-in-Residence program.

On Thursday, February 9, and Friday, February 10, Dr. Mace, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at Cabrini College, will provide college-level lectures to 11th and 12th grade history students. Dr. Mace will take the students on a journey through a watershed moment in the US Civil Rights Movement: the brutal murder of 14-year-old African American Emmett Till by white supremacists in 1955. He will examine how Till’s mother’s courageous decision to expose the savagery of his death during the boy’s funeral shocked the nation into action.

Dr. Mace believes in the importance of humanizing history and the Till tragedy is a powerful point of connection for young people who may no longer be aware of the extent of racial oppression in the last century. He says: “I love stories. Telling students stories helps them develop a love for history. If students can see the historical actors or even place themselves inside the narrative, they are more open, more anxious, and more able to learn.”

Dr. Mace did his undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University and earned his doctorate at Temple University. He has presented at numerous conferences, including the American Historical Association Annual Meeting and the Annual James A. Barnes Conference. He also is a bibliographer for the Pennsylvania Historical Association
Members of Lauralton’s diversity-oriented student club, LH CARES (Lauralton Hall Community Always Respects Everyone), have prepared a thoughtful response to Dr. Mace’s visit in the form of a short video on diversity both at Lauralton and in the local community.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Mace as part of our Scholar-in-Residence program,” says Lauralton President Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D. “Inviting distinguished scholars and artists to lecture, teach master classes and perform, adds depth to the curriculum. The Residency program aims to enrich the academic experience for Lauralton students as well as benefit the community at large.”

Dr. Mace’s engagement at Lauralton is made possible thanks in part to the generosity of a community grant from the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation.

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