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S.F. State professor to present lecture on racial violence in America

SAN FRANCISCO, March 19, 2001 --- Christopher Waldrep, who holds the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Chair in History at San Francisco State University, will present a lecture titled "Racial Violence on Trial: Our Legal War Against Hate" on April 4 at 4 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center at San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. The inaugural Pasker Chair lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (415) 338-1604.

DETAILS:Christopher Waldrep received widespread attention for his ground-breaking 1998 book on vigilante violence and lynching titled "Roots of Disorder: Race and Criminal Justice in the American South, 1817-1880." In his book, Waldrep looked at how the criminal justice system in Mississippi played a role in shaping the attitudes that encouraged vigilantism. The book won the McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society for the best book on a Mississippi history topic.

He also is the author of the book "Night Riders: Defending Community in the Black Patch, 1890-1915," which examined how night-riding Kentucky and Tennessee farmers resisted the forces of industrialization. Waldrep, who recently edited a collection of essays on racial violence and the courts, is now working on his third book, an examination of the rhetoric of lynching and how the meaning of lynching changed over time in response to political forces.

Waldrep, a professor of history, fills the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Endowed Chair in History at S.F. State, an appointment made possible by a $2.4 million donation to the university by S.F. State alumnus Robert B. Pasker and his wife, Laurie Pitman, founders of the high-tech firm WebLogic, Inc.

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