Will Hustwit to Reflect on Impact of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Son of Ron and Barb Hustwit to speak at The College of Wooster on April 17

09 April, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio, — Will Hustwit, assistant professor of history at Birmingham Southern College, will present "Why the 1964 Civil Rights Act Wasn't as Important as You Think" on Thursday, April 17, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 038 of Kauke Hall (400 E. University St.) beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Hustwit, the son of Wooster Professor of Philosophy Ron Hustwit and retired Wooster staff member Barb Hustwit, received his doctorate from the University of Mississippi in 2008 and specializes in 20th-Century U.S. history. His dissertation, titled James J. Kilpatrick: Salesman for Segregation, was published by the University of North Carolina Press last year. In 2012, his article in the Journal of Southern History, titled "From Caste to Colorblindness," won the Ronald T. and Gayla D. Farrar Media and Civil Rights History Award from the University of South Carolina.

Hustwit's presentation is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2434) or e-mail.