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MSU historian to give March 4 lecture on race and jazz

February 3, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Billy Smith, one of two recently named Distinguished Professors in the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University, will give his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

He will speak on "Race and Jazz in American History" in the Byker Auditorium in the new Chemistry and Biochemistry Building on the MSU campus. The lecture will be followed by a public reception hosted by the College of Letters and Science.

Smith has taught in MSU's Department of History and Philosophy since 1981. He has published eight books, including a major encyclopedia of early American history. He currently is writing "Ship of Death: the Voyage that Changed the Atlantic World" to be published by National Geographic Books. In recognition of his scholarship, Smith was recently elected to the prestigious American Antiquarian Society.

Trevor Douglas, chemistry and biochemistry, was the other Distinguished Professor appointed in 2008-09. Douglas and Smith were chosen for their contributions to the College of Letters and Science, to MSU and to the scholarly community at large. Douglas delivered his inaugural lecture in January.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or