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Kit Carson historians subject of BYU western history lecture Nov. 13

Susan Lee Johnson, associate professor of history and an affiliate of the Chicana/o Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give the annual Annaley Naegle Redd Lecture Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in 1170 James E. Talmage Building on the Brigham Young University campus.

Johnson's lecture is titled "The 'Old Maid,' the 'Housewife' and Their 'Great Westerner.'" The lecture is sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.

Johnson's lecture will focus on the research of two amateur historians, Quantrille McClung and Bernice Blackwelder, who during the 1950s studied the life of Kit Carson. She will explore the implications of that research in the academic field of U.S. Western history.

Johnson has taught history and women's studies at UCLA, the University of Michigan and the University of Colorado. Her acclaimed book "Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush," received the prestigious Bancroft Prize and the W. Turrentine Jackson Award in 2001.

The Redd Center was established in 1972 through a donation by Charles and Annaley Redd to promote the study of the Intermountain West by sponsoring research, publication, teaching and public programs in a variety of academic disciplines.

For more information, contact Kris Nelson at kn4@email.byu.edu or 422-4048.

Writer: Thomas Grover

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