Kevin Boyle to visit UM-Dearborn

February 16 & 17, 2012


The University of Michigan-Dearborn is proud to welcome Kevin Boyle, noted historian and native Detroiter for two (2) campus speaking engagements on Thursday, February 16 & Friday, February 17, 2012. Boyle is a nationally recognized scholar of race, gender and class, and is the author of four books and numerous scholarly articles.

A researcher of 20th century American history, his 2004 book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, won the National Book Award for non-fiction and was selected as the 2011 Great Michigan Read by the Michigan Humanities Council.

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Information on his appearances are below.


Thursday, February 16, 6:00 p.m.

1500 Social Sciences Building

He will deliver a public presentation on his National Book Award winning work, Arc of Justice, which explores the 1925 trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet, an African-American physician accused of murder while defending his Detroit home against a white mob.


Friday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.

Kochoff Hall, University Center

As a part of the Conversation on Race series, Boyle will lead a panel discussion focusing on the post-1925 history of Detroit and the origins of the city's racial and economic divide. Other panelists include UM-Detroit Center Director Dr. Adell Anderson, New Detroit Senior Associate Marshalle Montgomery, and UM-Dearborn students.  A reception and book signing will follow.

Both events are free and open to the public.


About Kevin Boyle

Kevin Boyle was born in Detroit, Michigan and has studied at the University of Detroit (Mercy), and the University of Michigan, where he received his doctoral degree in history in 1990.

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Professor Boyle has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He serves on the advisory board for the Walter P. Reuther Library, and is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians.
Other books written by Professor Boyle  include The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968 (Cornell University Press, 1995; paperback edition 1998); Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons: Images of Working-Class Detroit, 1900-1930, which he co-authored with Victoria Getis (Wayne State University Press,1997); and an edited volume, Organized Labor and American Politics, 1894-1994: the Labor-Liberal Alliance (SUNY Press, 1998). He is at work on two books, The Splendid Dead: An American Ordeal, which is to be published by Houghton Mifflin, and Change Is Gonna Come: America in the 1960s, to be published by W.W. Norton.

Articles written by Kevin Boyle have appeared in Diplomatic History, The Journal of American History, Labor History, The Michigan Historical Review, and various anthologies. He has also published essays and reviews in The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, Inc. Magazine, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Professor Boyle teaches 20th century American history, with an emphasis on class, race, and politics.


About a Conversation on Race

A Conversation on Race: Voices of a New Generation program is an ongoing series designed to promote open, honest discussion about racial issues from past to present and is supported by the Student Activities Office and the Chancellor's Office. As we continue to examine key issues significant to the progression of our community, you are welcome to take part in today's program. Many individuals have found past CORs to be very relevant to experiences in various settings, as well as daily on/off campus interactions.

For more information on this and future diversity related events, please contact the Student Activities Office at (313) 593-5390.

The University of Michigan - Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers' views.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, The Student Activities Office, The Office of the Provost Text and Community Program, Phi Alpha Theta, and the Department of Social Sciences.