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Celebrated historian John Hope Franklin returns to the University of Chicago for a conversation about his life and legacy

What/Who: Historian, civil rights activist and intellectual leader John Hope Franklin will speak with History Professor Mae Ngai about his newly published autobiography, Mirror to America, in a free conversation open to the public.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Breasted Hall in the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th St.

Media contact: Jennifer Carnig at 773-702-6421,

Franklin is the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in History at the University of Chicago. A seminal scholar of African-American history, Franklin published From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, widely considered the definitive work on the subject, in 1947. The book is in its eighth edition and has been translated into Indian, Japanese, German, French, Portuguese and Chinese. He also wrote Race and History: Selected Essays and The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-First Century.

For his scholarship and service, Franklin received the 1995 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, and he also was appointed chair of the President's Initiative on Race in 1997.
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