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Race, jazz lecture reset for March 30 at MSU

March 13, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- The inaugural lecture by Billy Smith, one of two Letters and Science Distinguished Professors named during the 2008-09 academic year at Montana State University, has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, March 30.

The lecture, originally set for March 4, was postponed due to illness. Smith will speak on "Race and Jazz in American History" in the Procrastinator Theater in MSU's Strand Union Building. The lecture will be followed by a public reception in the Leigh Lounge 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