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Professor Sarah Barringer Gordon appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians

May 15, 2012

Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Professor of History, has been appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians (OAH).

Gordon, who specializes in American religious and legal history, is one of 25 scholars joining the OAH program. Her appointment, which carries a three-year term, was announced by the organization this week.
“I am honored to have been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer for this venerable and worthy program,” Gordon said. “Engaging the public with the rich history of the law of church and state helps to inform civic dialogue. I’m particularly eager to bring historical topics related to religion and law to the widest possible audience.”
The OAH is the largest professional society in the country dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. Its Distinguished Lecture Program, created in 1981, is a speakers’ bureau dedicated to bringing American history to broad public audiences.
More than 400 historians participate in the program, speaking on college campuses and at public events sponsored by historical societies, museums, libraries and humanities councils, as well as leading teacher seminars.
Gordon was selected by a subcommittee of the OAH Nominating Board and appointed by OAH President Albert Camarillo.  As part of the program, she has agreed to donate any lecture fees to the OAH.