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Annual Horning Lecture to focus on black history and the British Empire

David OlusogaNotable British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and filmmaker David Olusoga will give the 2018 Ross Horning Lecture sponsored by the Creighton University Department of History.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Harper Center auditorium. It is free and open to the public, please register to attend.

Olusoga’s lecture is titled “Remembering and Forgetting - Black History and the British Empire.” The talk will discuss Britain's long, complex and often tragic encounters with people of African heritage and the 'great forgetting' that began with the abolition of British slavery in the 1830s and has been so effective that most British citizens know more about American slavery than slavery in their own colonies.

Olugosa has authored three books, including one titled Black and British: a Forgotten History, which discusses similar topics to his upcoming lecture and received the Longman-History Today Trustees Award in 2017 and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize in 2017. The book was also the topic of a four-part series that aired on BBC Two. He has also made five films and contributes to “The One Show” on the BBC.

Most recently, Olugosa received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Liverpool.

This annual lecture is named for Ross Horning, a professor of history at Creighton University from 1964 until his death in 2005. The lecture is designed to reflect the many dimensions of his life including his love for history, the arts and the community.

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