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#023--October 7, 1998; For immediate release
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
Phone: 415/338-1665

Panelists to discuss recent museum controversies

"Presenting History" includes SFSU professor at the San Francisco Main Library

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 7, 1998 -- San Francisco State University History Professor Bill Issel will discuss controversies in exhibiting American history to the public in a panel program entitled "Presenting History: The Challenges of Interpreting Contested Events in American History" on October 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library. Museum exhibits of American history have recently been the subject of intense controversies, the "Presenting History" program will address t he larger issues of historical interpretation in public institutions.

Program panelists will also include Susan Saidenberg, Gilder Lehrman Institute, New York City and Laura Lent, Director of Exhibitions and Programs at the San Francisco Main Library. The panel will address such issues as the power of images, the selection of diverse perspectives, and the problems of authenticity in historical exhibitions.

The program is part of the "Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery" exhibit currently at the Main Library until October 25. The exhibit is curated by Saidenberg who is also an adjunct professor at New York University

Admission is free. For more information, call (415) 338-2250.

San Francisco State University is a highly diverse community of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff. It is one of the largest campuses of the nationally-recognized 23-campus California State University system. Founded in 1899, the University is approaching its 100th year of service to San Francisco, the Bay Area, California and beyond.


This release was co-written by student writer, Edward Wilkinson.

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