Presbyterian College to host alumnus lecture on Sept. 1

Presbyterian College to host alumnus lecture on Sept. 1

Presbyterian College Alumnus Dr. Clif Stratton Clinton SC

Presbyterian College will host a guest lecture by 2003 alumnus Dr. Clif Stratton at 11 a.m. in Whitelaw Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Stratton, assistant clinical professor of history and assistant director of the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program at Washington State University. Stratton earned a Ph.D. in history from Georgia State University and holds a M.A. in history from Auburn University.

“Dr. Stratton is a rising scholar in American history,” said Dr. Michael Nelson, professor of history. “His research focuses on the American education system and convincingly shows how a hidden agenda of nationalism, racial hierarchy, and privilege were imbedded within American schools.”

Stratton’s book, “Education for Empire,” was published by University of California Press and considers the American public school systems. Stratton argues that the system placed children on multiple and uneven paths to citizenship, offering varying kinds of subordination and degrees of exclusion closely tied to race, national origin, and U.S. imperial ambitions. “Education for Empire” forms the basis for Stratton’s lecture at PC.

“His work has been called ‘profoundly disturbing,’ in that it destroys myths Americans held both concerning education at home and U.S. intentions abroad,” added Nelson.



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