2015 Lecture featuring Dr. Allida M. Black
he 2015 John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture featured Allida M. Black, research professor of history and international affairs and founding editor and chair of the editorial advisory board for the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, a research center at The George Washington University designed to preserve, teach and apply Eleanor Roosevelt’s writing and discussions of human rights and democratic parties.
Dr. Black is a popular lecturer and gifted storyteller. She captivated the audience of approximately 300 with her storytelling abilities bringing Eleanor Roosevelt to life for all by providing an authoritative introduction focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt’s diplomatic career. Dr. Black is entering her 40th decade researching and studying Eleanor Roosevelt. The audience included members of the O’Sullivan family, History Department faculty, donors, FAU Administrators, alumni, FAU students, Palm Beach County teachers, Broward County teachers, MOAA (Military Officers Association of American Palm Beach Area Chapter), Broward College faculty and members of the community.
The mission of the John O’Sullivan Memorial Lectureship has been to provide students, secondary school teachers, faculty, and public guests the opportunity to hear a lecture by a distinguished historian who has published in a field of twentieth-century U.S. History relevant to Dr. O’Sullivan’s own interest and specialities. Over the years the lectureship has hosted scholars of World War II, the Vietnam War, the nuclear age, the holocaust, modern American culture, and post-1945 political and diplomatic history. Dr. O’Sullivan was a longtime faculty member and former chair of FAU’s History Department before his death in 2000.