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UCR Historian Named Distinguished Humanist

UCR Historian Named Distinguished Humanist

(October 11, 1999)

The Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside, has named Sterling Stuckey, professor of history, the recipient of the Distinguished Humanist Achievement award for his many contributions to the history of slavery, especially his field-shaping book,Going Through The Storm: The Influence of African American Art in History.

He is an expert on the era of slavery, as well on African American history, including the life of Paul Robeson, an activist, athlete, actor, singer and scholar who wrote an autobiography: Here I Stand. In 1988, Stuckey authored the introduction t o that book.

Prof. Stuckey will deliver the 1999 Humanist Achievement Lecture, entitled "The Artist and His Audience: The Case of Paul Robeson," at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building on campus.

This annual lecture, first held in 1991, honors the recent achievements of a UCR humanities, arts or social sciences scholar whose work has altered the field in important ways.

A civil rights organizer in Chicago during the 1960s, Stuckey is one of two historians who advised The Smithsonian Institution and National Public Radio during the making of 26 one-hour programs of spirituals and other sacred music relating to the Civil Rights movement. Stuckey came to UCR in 1988 and held the prestigious UC President's Chair in 1994.

The Director of the Center for Ideas and Society, Emory Elliott, said that Stuckey's achievements bring great honor to the city of Riverside and to UCR: "We were very fortunate to recruit Professor Stuckey in 1989 from Northwestern University where he was a major figure on the faculty and in the Chicago community. He has played a major role in building a strong program in African American Studies at UCR, and his reputation as a great teacher and scholar has attracted excellent graduate students and younger faculty to our campus."

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