FAMILY HISTORIAN MINTZ TO DELIVER UH’S
ANNUAL MCGOVERN AWARD LECTURE
Family historian Steven Mintz will give the University of Houston’s
John P. McGovern Annual Award Lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
The John & Rebecca Moores Professor of History will deliver
his speech “Rethinking Childhood in the 21st Century”
at the McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science. The event
is free and open to the public, but attendees should call 713-743-2997
to RSVP for the reception.
Mintz’s book “Huck’s Raft: A History of American
Childhood” received numerous honors including the Association
of American Publishers Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Book
of 2004, the Organization of American Historians 2005 Merle Curtil
Award for the best book in social history and the Texas Institute
of Letters Carr P. Collins Award for the best non-fiction book of
2004. His other books include “Domestic Revolutions: A Social
History of American Family Life” and “Native American
Voices: A History & Anthology.”
“Our challenge is to reverse the process of age segmentation,
to provide the young with challenging alternatives to a world of
malls, instant messaging, music videos, and play dates,” he
writes in “Huck’s Raft.” “Huck Finn was
an abused child whose father, the town drunk, beat him for going
to school and learning to read. Who would envy Huck's battered childhood?
Yet he enjoyed something too many children are denied and which
adults can provide: opportunities to undertake odysseys of self-discovery
outside the goal-driven, over-structured realities of contemporary
Mintz is President-Elect of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences
Online and National Co-Chair of the Council on Contemporary Families.
He also helped create Digital History, one of the Top 5 web resources
in U.S. history as listed by Best of History Web Sites.
Mintz’s work has generated more than $7 million in external
funding, including a $2.6 million National Endowment for the Humanities
Challenge Grant in African American Studies.
The John P. McGovern Annual Award Lecture is an annual series of
lectures in science, literature, arts and humanities. The College
of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH honors recipients whose
endeavors have clearly distinguished them as leaders in their spheres
P. McGovern Annual Award Lecture on “Rethinking Childhood
in the 21st Century”
WHERE: McGovern Museum of Health and Medical
and Rebecca Moores Professor of History Steven Mintz
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