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Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History and director of African-American Studies at Princeton University, will talk about “Personal Beauty: Images and Stereotypes” 7 p.m. tonight in the Farinon Center Marlo Room.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is part of “Week of the Scholar,” sponsored by the Lafayette Greek system. The event also is sponsored by Lafayette Activities Forum.

Painter is the author of four books, including Sojourner Truth, A Symbol, a full-length biography of the abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Her third book, Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919, won the Letitia Brown Memorial Publication Prize. Painter also has written numerous articles relating to the history of the American South. Much of her writing has been concerned with southerners such as Hosea Hudson, Gertrude Thomas, and Wilbur Cash.

Painter has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Bunting Institute, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She also has been a recipient of the Brown Publication Prize, awarded by the Association of Black Woman Historians.

Painter received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She also has studied at the University of Bordeaux, France and the University of Ghana. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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