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Drake lecture to focus on 19th century Americas

September 11, 2009

Karen Leroux, assistant professor of history at Drake University, will give a talk on Friday, Sept. 25, as part of this fall's Humanities Center Colloquium Series.

The lecture, "Rethinking Americanization in the History of the 19th Century Americas," is free and open to the public and will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Medbury Honors Lounge, 2730 Forest Ave.

Leroux will discuss the educational relationship between America and Argentina and the experimental recruitment of teachers from the United States to Argentina to help establish public education in the 19th century. She will also argue that it may seem like another attempt to "Americanize" a foreign population that was not the actual intent of the project.

Leroux, who came to Drake in 2005, teaches United States history with specializations in gender, labor and education.

The series is sponsored by the Drake Center for the Humanities.

For more information, contact the center's director, Joseph Schneider, at 515-271-2158 or joseph.schneider@drake.edu.