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Center for Oral and Public History Lecture: A Documentarian’s Life

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Author and documentarian Sam Stephenson will present the annual Hansen Lectureship in Oral and Public History at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion A. The event is free and open to the public.

Stephenson’s talk, “Wide-Angle View: An Experimental Approach to Writing and Documentary Work,” is based on two decades of researching the life and work of photographer W. Eugene Smith, a pioneering documentarian for Life magazine. Stephenson is the director of Rockfish Stew Institute of Literature and Materials, an organization dedicated to fostering and documenting expressive public culture in a variety of forms.

The event is sponsored by the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History, the colleges of Communications, and Humanities and Social Sciences, the University Honors Program, Department of History, and the Cultural and Public History Association.

The Hansen Lectureship in Oral and Public History was established in 2008 to honor Arthur Hansen, professor emeritus of history and former director of the Center for Oral and Public History. The lectureship attracts nationally prominent speakers whose work engages or illustrates the value of oral and public history, and provides an annual fellowship for a CSUF student pursuing a master’s degree with an emphasis in oral and public history.

For more information, contact COPH at 657-278-2941.