John C. Walter

Professor Emeritus; Adjunct Professor: History; Emerita of African American Studies

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Ph.D., University of Maine, 1972

Professor Walter is the author of thirty-three learned articles and more than 100 reviews in such journals as The Journal of American History, The Georgia Historical Quarterly, The Western Historical Quarterly, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Revista Inter-Americana, American Studies Today(United Kingdom) and the Seattle Times.

He has been the recipient of several Mellon Research Grants for research on the African American woman, a Taft Research Fellowship for his work on “White Patronage of Black Artists in the Harlem Renaissance Era,” among other awards. He received a Ford Foundation Grant for the oral history project “African American Athletes and the Color Line.”

Dr. Walter wrote the lead essay on sports for the Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History in 1996, and a similar essay for the Encyclopedia of American Studies in 2001.

Professor Walter has traveled widely in the U.S. and abroad. To date, he has presented more than 100 scholarly lectures at colleges such as Davidson, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Citadel, Bard College, and at Duke, Toronto (Canada) and Brown Universities.

Abroad, Professor Walter has lectured at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, the Free University of Berlin, John Moores Liverpool University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the U.S. Embassy in London.

Professor Walter regularly gives talks and speeches before civic organizations on African American topics, and ins in particular demand during Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrations.

In December 2008 Dr. Walter will moderate a panel on new trends in African American literature at the University of Malaga (Malaga, Spain).


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