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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Sexulaity, Gender & Human Rights Program is proud to host:
Is a New Progressive Movement Upon Us?:
Peter Dreier, Ph. D.
Professor, Occidental College
Please join us for an insightful and thought-provoking lecture at which Peter Dreier, distinguished educator, activist and author, will explain why the 20th Century is a remarkable story of progressive accomplishments against overwhelming odds, and how the great Americans of the last century paved the way for the leaders of today. Highlighting some of the people – artists, activists, thinkers, politicians, athletes, writers, and others – who built the 20th Century's most important social justice movements, Dreier will discuss these individuals in historical context, assembling a timeline of the century’s most important events and progressive accomplishments.
Peter Dreier's new book "The Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame," (Nation Books) explores many of these issues in great depth. The book chronicles the remarkable individuals who played key roles in the movements that won victories for social justice over the course of the 20th century. Among the men and women Dreier profiles are figures known and unknown, supporting a mosaic of movements and challenging injustice wherever they saw it: fighting against inequity for women, blacks, and minorities; promoting free speech; spearheading labor unions; checking corporate abuse; overhauling the education system; standing up for gay rights; and raising awareness about the environment.
“I wrote this book to celebrate the achievements of the activists who
fought to take their ideas from the margins to the mainstream,” says
Dreier. “We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of
reformers, radicals, and idealists who challenged the status quo.”
Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. During his career he has been a journalist, government official, and organizer. He has a B.A. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In addition to THE 100 GREATEST AMERICANS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, he has written three other books and hundreds of articles on American politics, history, sports, music, and social movements. He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, American Prospect, and Huffington Post. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Dissent, USA Today, Boston Globe, Commonweal, Tikkun, and other publications.