critic exposes ‘Lies’ your teachers told
critic James Loewen will bring his retelling of United States’
history to California State University, Sacramento’s University
Union Ballroom in a free lecture at 4 p.m., Monday, April 21.
Loewen devoted two years of research at the Smithsonian Institution
before he penned the bestseller, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything
Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong. The book sharply
critiqued many of the texts as an “embarrassing blend of bland
optimism, blind nationalism, and plain misinformation.”
Loewen’s book was winner of the 1996 American Book Award,
the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship,
and AESA Critics Choice Award. He went on to write Lies Across
America: What Our Historic Markers and Monuments Get Wrong.
Loewen is a Harvard trained sociologist who taught race relations
at the University of Vermont for 20 years. He currently lives in
Washington, D.C., and is researching how Americans remember their
Admission to the event is free and seating is first come, first
served. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.
For more information, call the CSUS Multi-Cultural Center at (916)
278-6101 or visit www.csus.edu/mcult.
Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916)