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American historian examines cultural impact of Muhammad Ali

Stuart S. Kidd teaches at University of Reading

3/15/2004 10:49:16 AM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — Dr. Stuart S. Kidd, a member of the School of History at the University of Reading in Reading, England and American studies specialist, will present Muhammad Ali: Southerner, a free public lecture on Monday, March 22nd at 7:30 PM in Room 315 of the Martin Science Building on the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The event is open to the public.

Kidd argues that Ali's regional identity has been overlooked by historians in their depictions of him as either a symbol of the counterculture of the 1960s or as a "quintessential American." Muhammad Ali: Southerner explores Ali's relationship with his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his conversion to Islam, and his rhetoric and patois, in terms of his southern identity.

An American historian, Kidd served as Director of the American Studies program at the University of Reading from 1979 through 1991 and again from 1994 through 1998. He currently offers courses in the study of the cultural history of the United States, specializing in the New Deal period. He has written on a wide range of American subjects from William Jennings Bryan to the World Cup of 1994. Kidd has recently edited a book on the Roosevelt Years and finished a monograph on the Farm Security Administration photographs focusing on their representations of the southern region in the United States during this period.

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