March 7, 2018
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CONCORDIA PRESENTS 13TH ANNUAL NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
Concordia College will present the 13th National Book Awards at Concordia, March 15-16. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, a 2017 nonfiction finalist, and Nancy MacLean, 2017 nonfiction finalist, will be on campus for the featured Readings and Conversation hosted by NPR’s John Ydstie. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center, with a book signing to follow. The public is invited to this free event.
Armstrong Dunbar was a finalist for “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge,” a look at our nation’s first president told in the powerful narrative of his runaway slave. Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate from Columbia University. She has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and Social Science Research Council fellowships.
MacLean was a finalist for “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” about the campaign of the right to make libertarianism mainstream. She is the award-winning author of “Behind the Mask of Chivalry and Freedom Is Not Enough,” which the Chicago Tribune called “contemporary history at its best.” MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University.
Ydstie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College with a major in English literature and a minor in speech communications. He has covered the economy, Wall Street, and the federal budget for NPR for two decades. Ydstie is also a regular guest host on the NPR news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Talk of the Nation.