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History program hosts two free series

History program hosts two free series
  • On October 30, 2020
“Blood in the Water” is the topic of the Reading with the Historians series.

By Julie Newell
Associate Editor

The first week of November marks the start of two events being hosted by the LCC History Department: Reading with the Historians and Visiting History Scholar Series.

“The purpose of these events are to engage the LCC community to discuss relevant historical ideas, themes and narratives,” said History Professor Anne Heutsche. “We feel the study of history is necessary and vital in our democracy.”

Reading with the Historians will take place Wednesday Nov. 4 and Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The Visiting History Scholar series event will take place on three consecutive Thursdays: Nov. 5, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

All of these meetings will be held virtually via WebEx.

“The history program discussed ways to keep connected and engaged and decided on three activities: LCC Historians at the Movies, Reading with the Historians and the Visiting History Scholar series,” Heutsche said.

The Visiting History Scholar Series, according to Heutsche, is an annual event at LCC that has featured guest speakers including as Dr. Diane Bares, Dr. Lisa Biggs and Dr. Sarah Silkey.

“Visiting History Scholar series started five years ago as a way for LCC History faculty, students and the larger LCC community to engage with current historical research and ideas,” Heutsche said.

“In the past, there have two events: a keynote event that presents historical research to the larger LCC and Lansing communities, and then a smaller discussion meeting that digs into historical research, narrative, process and ideas.”

This event was originally scheduled for spring 2020, but got canceled due to COVID-19. According to Heutsche, the series will focus on women and politics and include a learning discussion session, a keynote presentation by Dr. Robin Morris, and a poetry reflection session facilitated by Professor Barb Clauer.

Reading with the Historians is a new event this fall.

“Reading with Historians started this semester as a way to engage with each other and historical scholarship,” Heutsche said. “We will be reading the book over the course of the academic year 2020-2021.  For the next academic year, 2021-2022, we will choose a different book.”

According to Heutsche, Reading with the Historians will be reading and discussing the book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy” by Heather Ann Thompson.

Reading with the Historians is geared more toward faculty and staff, but the Visiting History Scholar series is open to everyone.

For more information, or to register for these events, go to

For specific questions, contact Professor Anne Heutsche at

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