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Multicultural America to be Lecture Topic


Oxford, Ohio -- Author Ronald Takaki, an award-winning historian, will lecture on "A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America" at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in Miami University's Hall Auditorium.

Takaki, the nation's foremost spokesperson for multicultural education, has written widely on the minority experience in the United States.

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, published in 1993, is Takaki's retelling of the country's immigrant histories. It was praised by Publisher's Weekly as "likely to become a classic of multicultural studies."

His book Strangers From A Different Shore provides the first comprehensive history of Asian Americans.

His recent book, Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb, examines one of the most influential events of the 20th century.

The grandson of Japanese plantation laborers in Hawaii, Takaki is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

He was instrumental in establishing the American cultures requirement for graduation at Berkeley and has lectured throughout Russia, Europe, and Asia on ethnicity and racial conflicts.

A question and answer session will follow the lecture.

His appearance is part of the Miami University Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are necessary for admittance. Tickets will be available starting at 6 p.m. at the Hall Auditorium box office.


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