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"The United States from Watergate to 9/11" Topic of Next Falmouth Forum Lecture, October 10

James Patterson
MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Author and historian James T. Patterson will deliver the next MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Falmouth Forum lecture titled "The USA from Watergate to 9/11" on Friday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The lecture, presented by the MBL Associates, is free and open to the public.

Patterson’s talk will highlight main themes of this exciting (and in many ways promising) era and in the process compare and contrast them with developments during the subsequent eight years of the Bush presidency.

Patterson is the Ford Foundation Professor of History emeritus at Brown University, where he has taught for 30 years. His research interests include political, legal, and social history, as well as the history of medicine, race relations, and education.

He is regarded as a preeminent Brown v. Board of Education scholar. In 2001, he published "Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and its Troubled Legacy." Patterson raises questions about the roles of the Supreme Court and President Eisenhower, of the effect of desegregation on the academic achievement of black children, and the ruling's role in the civil rights movement.

Before joining the Brown University faculty, Patterson taught at Indiana University, where he published his first works, "Congressional Conservatism and the New Deal," "The New Deal and the States: Federalism in Transition," and "Mr. Republican: A Biography of Robert A. Taft." While there, he received the Frederick Jackson Turner Book Prize from the Organization of American Historians in 1966 and the Indiana University Teaching Award in 1968, as well as two National Endowment for Humanities Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Patterson won the Bancroft Prize for American History in 1997 with "Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974." A number of his books have been History Book Club Selections.

Patterson was elected a member of the Society of American Historians in 1974 and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997.

Admission to this Falmouth Forum presentation is free and open to the public. A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL’s Communications Office in the Candle House, 127 Water Street in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and tickets are only available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7. All tickets are nonrefundable. For more information contact the MBL Communications Office at 508-289-7423.

The Falmouth Forum will continue throughout the fall and winter. The remaining lectures in the series are:

January 30
"Just Like a Man? John Donne, T.S. Eliot, Bob Dylan, and the Accusation of Misogyny" - Christopher Ricks, Professor of Humanities, Boston University, and award-winning teacher and literary critic

February 27
"Music: An Art Form and Industry in Flux" - Stephen Simon, former music director and conductor, Washington D.C. Chamber Symphony and Bonnie Ward Simon, producer of their classical music CD series for families

March 20
"Interpreting Holocaust Survivor Testimonies" - Lawrence Langer, Emeritus Professor of English, Simmons College, Holocaust scholar and award-winning author

"Healthcare Underwater: The Katrina Experience" - James Aiken, M.D., Louisiana State University Health Science Center

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information and for full lecture descriptions, visit http://www.mbl.edu/falmouthforum

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