On Wednesday May 7, at 6:30 pm, The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society of The Newark Public Library will present Dr. Nell Irvin Painter discussing her book Creating Black Americans: African–American History And Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present. In this richly illustrated book with images by artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Beauford Delaney, Jacob Lawrence, and Kara Walker, Dr.Painter combines her expertise as both historian and artist to create a unique account of African American history.
Nell Painter received her Ph.D. in American History at Harvard and is a renowned historian and author of many books and articles including The History of White People and Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol. Dr. Painter is an American historian notable for her works on southern history of the nineteenth century. She is retired from Princeton University, and served as president of the Organization of American Historians. She also served as president of the Southern Historical Association. As a visual artist, Dr. Painter has been in residence at Gallery Aferro in Newark, the Newark Public Library, Yale University and the Yaddo artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, NY. She currently shows her work in northern New Jersey and works in a studio in the Ironbound Section of Newark.
Painter earned her B.A. – Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964. During her undergraduate years, she studied French medieval history at the University of Bordeaux, France, 1962–63. She also studied abroad at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, 1965–66. In 1967, she completed an M.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1974, she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University. She returned to study and earned a B.F.A. at Rutgers University in 2009 and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Painter has received honorary degrees from Dartmouth College, Wesleyan University, and Yale University, among other institutions.
In 1989, Painter married the mathematician Glenn Shafer, co-creator of the Dempster–Shafer theory, the Dean of Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey.
The event will be held in Centennial Hall on the second floor of the Main Library at 5 Washington Street in Newark. For more information, please call 973-733-7793.