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Social Historian Earl Lewis presents “History, Mental Health, and Humor: The Lingering Effects of Slavery and Race” at Messiah College

October 24th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Oct. 24, 2016) — On Nov. 17, the Messiah College American Democracy Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Public Humanities and the Department of History, hosts Earl Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He will present his lecture, “History, Mental Health, and Humor: The Lingering Effects of Slavery and Race.” His talk will be held at 7:15 p.m. in Parmer Hall, located in Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Free tickets are required for this event. To reserve, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036. For questions about this event, email Jean Corey at

About Earl Lewis

Earl Lewis became the sixth president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2013. Under his guidance, the Foundation has reaffirmed its commitment to the humanities, the arts and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change. A noted social historian, Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Michigan. He has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning and connecting universities to their communities. Prior to joining the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Lewis served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University. As provost, Lewis led academic affairs and academic priority setting for the university. A native of Tidewater, Virginia, Lewis earned an undergraduate degree in history and psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota.

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, near the state capital of Harrisburg.

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