The 2015 Florida Atlantic University John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture presents “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Battle for Human Rights: 1945 to Present.” The lecture will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus and will be presented by Allida Black, research professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University. Black was founding editor of “The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers,” a project designed to preserve, teach and apply Eleanor Roosevelt's writings and discussions of human rights and democratic politics. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.fauevents.com, by calling 800-564-9539, or by visiting the Box Office in FAU’s Student Union, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FAU faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $10 and students are $5.
Outside the classroom, Black has written teachers’ guides for PBS documentaries and served as an advisor to other documentaries prepared for PBS, the History Channel, A&E, and the Discovery Channel. Her museum work includes curating two exhibits detailing Eleanor Roosevelt’s role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the United Nations, an electronic exhibit on Eleanor Roosevelt’s political career for the Franklin D Roosevelt Library and Museum, and the permanent exhibit for the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. She also has written several books on Eleanor Roosevelt and she is currently designing a multimedia traveling exhibit on Eleanor Roosevelt’s politics and policy.The mission of the John O’Sullivan Memorial Lectureship has been to provide students, secondary school teachers, faculty and public guests with exposure to a distinguished historian whose lecture/presentation broadens and deepens understanding of the major thematic and conceptual aspects of 20th century American history relevant to O’Sullivan’s specialties. Over the years, FAU has hosted scholars of World War II, the Vietnam War, the Nuclear Age, the Holocaust, modern American culture, and 20th century political and diplomatic affairs. For more information, visit www.fau.edu/osullivan.