The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives will host historian Nell Painter for “Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol,” a lecture on the 19th century women’s and civil rights activist, on Tues., Nov. 15.
New York University’s Center for the Study of Transformative Lives will host historian Nell Painter for “Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol,” a lecture on the 19th century women’s and civil rights activist, on Tues., Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, first-floor auditorium (53 Washington Square South, between Thompson and Sullivan Sts.).
Painter, an artist and professor emerita at Princeton University, will discuss the life of Truth, long seen as both an iconic and elusive figure, as well as her symbolic impact. NYU historian Martha Hodes, author of Mourning Lincoln and The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century, will moderate the session.
The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at New York University fosters research, teaching, and education centering on the lives of exemplary individuals whose dedication, genius, and moral vision helped shape the course of human events. The work of the Center is motivated by the conviction that the example of a great and good life, studied in depth and at length, can become a guiding influence on people’s lives today as they confront their own choices, decisions, and opportunities. Focusing on well-known and less-well-known figures from the present and the past, students and researchers study inspiring individuals in the context of their times and the circles in which they moved, using them as powerful lenses through which to view history and understand societal change.