October 29, 1997

Former President of Yale University to Give Lecture on "The American West in the 21st Century" at Middlebury College

Howard R. Lamar, the current Sterling professor emeritus of history at Yale University and the University's president from 1992 to 1993, will deliver the Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, November 5 at 8:15 p.m. in the concert hall at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Rt. 30. The title of his talk is "The American West in the Twenty-first Century: A Historian's Forecast." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lamar is the author of a number of books, including "Dakota Territory, 1861-1889" (1956); "The Far Southwest, 1850-1912" (1970), "The Trader on the American Frontier" (1977); and "Texas Crossings" (1991).

Lamar's talk will be the 22nd Grant Memorial Lecture, established in honor of the late Charles S. Grant, a member of the Middlebury College history department for several years prior to his untimely death in 1961. Previous speakers who have delivered the Grant Memorial Lecture, which maintains a focus on American history, range from David McCullough, author of the prize-winning biography "Truman," to Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., professor in the graduate school of the City University of New York.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Travis Jacobs in the history department of Middlebury College at 802-443-5315.