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The Joh n F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series continued at MSU Libraries on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's John Grisham Room. Featured lecturers for this installment of the series were DePauw University Professor Emeritus of History, Dr. John Dittmer, and MSU doctoral candidate Alyssa Warrick. Dr. Dittmer's presentation was entitled "'Sick and Tired,' Race and Health Care in Mississippi During the Civil Rights Years," and Ms. Warrick's presentation was entitled "Fighting the Jim Crow Army: African-American Protests in World War II."

Dr. John Dittmer holds a Ph.D. in United States History from Indiana University and served as Professor and Chair of DePauw University's Department of History from 1985 to 2003. Dittmer is the recipient of the 2006 Indiana Humanities Award, a Ford Foundation Fellowship from 2005 to 2007, the 2003 Tucker Award for Career Achievement, and the NEH Fellowship for College Teachers in 2000 and 2001, among numerous other awards and honors. Among Dittmer's numerous award-winning publications are 2009's The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care and 1994's Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi.

Dr. John Dittmer
Alyssa Warrick
Originally from the Missouri Ozarks, Ms. Alyssa Warrick is in her first year of doctoral work at Mississippi State University. Warrick received her undergraduate degree in history at Truman State University and has worked for the National Park Service at several historic sites, including Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and, most recently, at Vicksburg National Military Park. In 2010, Warrick received her master's degree in history from MSU, where she concentrated on American history and environmental history, particularly in the South. Her dissertation will explore the uniqueness of national parks in the South.

The John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series was established in 2002 by John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek and by the Mississippi State University Libraries to encourage use of primary source materials related to American History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Jacksonian America, and Race Relations. The Series includes papers presented by university students and a lecture by an established historian of national reputation. The Marszalek Library Fund is a special fund used annually to purchase primary source materials to be added to the holdings of Mitchell Memorial Library.

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