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Nicolas Proctor: “Sparking Interest in History: Usefulness, Engagement, and Accessibility”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Nicolas Proctor, Professor of History at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa

Nicolas Proctor, grandson of Arkansas author Dee Brown, says, “Growing up with my grandfather I learned that history is both useful and interesting. I also learned that despite these qualities, most people are not interested in learning more about it. This led to a third insight: it needs to be accessible. If it is not presented in an engaging way, no one is going to learn from it. These insights have continued to shape my career as a historian.”

Nicolas W. Proctor grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and spent a great deal of time with his grandparents, Dee and Sally Brown. He is a Professor of History at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and serves as chair of the editorial board of Reacting to the Past, a series of immersive historical role playing games.

The Central Arkansas Library System and its Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of this American classic with a series of lectures and exhibits that recognize the enduring importance and power of Brown’s groundbreaking volume. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Division of Arkansas Heritage, funded by the 1/8 cent conservation sales tax, Amendment 75.

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About Legacies & Lunch

Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas-related topics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Legacies & Lunch will be available on Facebook Live.