February 27, 2014 at 6:30 am

The Promised Land? The American South Since the Civil Rights Era, April 3

EstesDr. Steve Estes will be speaking on “The Promised Land?: The American South Since the Civil Rights Era” on Thursday, April 3 at 4:30 pm in Baker 242.

Estes is a professor of History at Sonoma State University in California. He earned a B.A. in history and economics from Rice University in Houston, Texas. After spending a short while working in San Francisco, he went to the University of Georgia for an M.A. in history and then to the University of North Carolina for a Ph.D. in history.

Along the way, he worked as an interviewer for the Southern Oral History Program in North Carolina, a counselor at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, a teacher in the Sunflower County Freedom Project in Mississippi, a researcher at the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., and a guest curator at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.

His books include I Am a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Struggle for Civil Rights (2005), and Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out (2007).  He is currently working on Too Proud to Whitewash: Charleston since the Civil Rights Movement, which is about his hometown.

A complete list of guest speakers in the Contemporary History Institute Spring lecture series is available at

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