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Washington Post Previews Appearance by Prof. Emeritus John Dittmer

June 7, 2009

john dittmer 2006.jpgJune 7, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — John Dittmer, professor emeritus of history at DePauw University, "discusses and signs The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care this Wednesday, June 10, at Busboys and Poets, reports today's Washington Post. Dr. Dittmer's appearance in noted in the newspaper's literary calendar.

Dittmer taught at the University from 1985 until his retirement in 2003. One of the nation's top civil rights historians, Dr. Dittmer's 1994 book, Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, won several awards including the Bancroft Prize, generally considered the most prestigious award in the field of American history writing. The Good Doctors was published in May and was noted recently in the Chronicle of Higher Education.John Dittmer Good Doctors.JPG

On May 17, Dittmer delivered the principal address to DePauw's Class of 2009 at the University's 170th commencement and received an honorary doctoral degree. A summary of his remarks and an MP3 file of the complete speech can be accessed in this report.

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