Special guest Dr. Ernest Freeberg will present “Eugene V. Debs and the Fight for Free Speech in World War I” from 6-7 p.m. in Altgeld Hall 315 on Monday, April 24, and is presented by the NIU Department of History. Freeberg is professor and head of the Department of History at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where his research interest includes the cultural and intellectual history of the United States. Freeberg will discuss the trial and imprisonment of this socialist leader for making anti-war speech and the resulting civil liberties movement after World War I. His book, published in 2008 on the subject, was the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist.
Also this week, NIU Professor Matthew Streb will present his talk, “Promoting Democracy: The Progressives, Women’s Suffrage and the Decline of the Political Machine,” on Tuesday, April 25, from 5-6 p.m. in Altgeld Hall 315, as part of the Hand in Hand exhibition suite’s educational programming series.
More information about the exhibitions, events and educational programming may be found online at the NIU Art Museum or by phoning 815-753-1936.