Mount Mercy examines the Civil Rights Movement during special faculty forum

Mount Mercy College will host special guest speaker Dr. Peter Kuryla, Ph.D., during a forum titled, “The Imagined Civil Rights Movement and the Art of Memory.” The presentation takes place on Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall, and is free and open to the public. 

Kuryla serves as assistant professor of history at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. His expertise lies in the history of American thought and culture since the Civil War with an emphasis on political theory, race, and literary representations of political figures. He has published numerous articles on civil rights movement demonstrations, mid-century courtroom melodramas (in fiction and film) and American liberal thought. Kuryla is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled The Imagined Civil Rights Movement: American Intellectuals and the Black Freedom Struggle.

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Mount Mercy University is a vibrant co-educational Catholic institution offering baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,600 enrolled students. Mount Mercy uniquely blends liberal arts education with professional preparation, and encourages its students to strive for excellence through service to the common good, strategic communication, reflective judgment, and purposeful living.


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