Wednesday October 18
Stinchfield Lecture Hall
Senior writer for The Greenfield Recorder Richie Davis speaks at GCC’s 2017 Henry Steele Commager Lecture. Free and open to the public.
The Commager Lecture series commemorates Henry Steele Commager, one of the country’s pre-eminent historians and a long-time professor at Amherst College, and focuses on themes of democracy, civil liberties, and civil rights. Commager was a strong supporter of community colleges and donated many of his books to GCC. The College used funds from the sale of the books to create the endowment that supports the lecture series and Commager’s widow, Mary Commager, serves on the committee that chooses each year’s speaker.
Drawing from his experiences and observations, Davis’s talk will address the role of community journalism in developing a social fabric and a shared understanding, as well as the changing demands on small news-gathering organizations. He will also touch on the importance of a responsible news media and an informed and educated public in a democratic society that has become increasingly fragmented and polarized.
About Henry Steele Commager
Born in Pittsburg in 1902, Commager received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1928 and taught history at New York University (1926—38) and Columbia (1938— 56). In 1956, he was appointed professor at Amherst College. His writings, often in collaboration with other historians, are extensive. Among them are The Growth of the American Republic (with Samuel E. Morison), Theodore Parker, Our Nation (with Eugene C. Barker, 1941), Majority Rule and Minority Rights (1943), The American Mind (1950), Freedom, Loyalty, and Dissent (1954), and The Era of Reform (1960).
For more on Henry Steele Commager: www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/unitarians/commager.html