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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 16, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 30
Author to Discuss Scots' Contribution to American Politics

By Amy Cowles

New York Times best-selling author Arthur Herman will give the second annual Patrick Henry Lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in 210 Hodson Hall on the Homewood campus. The title of his lecture is "A Scottish Descent: The Origin of American Politics."

Herman, who earned his doctorate in history from Johns Hopkins in 1985, is the first non-Briton to serve on the Scottish Arts Council. He was the recipient of Fulbright and Andrew W. Mellon grants and won the Brittingham Prize for his doctoral thesis. His New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, was dubbed "a well-argued tribute to Scottish creative imagination and energy" and has sold more than a quarter of a million copies around the world. He has authored three other critically acclaimed books, one of which was nominated for the United Kingdom's Mountbatten Prize.

His next book, a full-length study of the 40-year rivalry between Mohandas Gandhi and Winston Churchill, is to be published in 2008. After teaching at Georgetown and George Mason universities, Herman became coordinator of the Western Heritage Program for the Smithsonian's Campus on the Mall from 2000 to 2005. His columns often appear in The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal Asia.

The lecture is funded by a $1 million gift from Margaret Nuttle, a great-great-great granddaughter of Patrick Henry. Her gift supports a postdoctoral fellowship, an undergraduate seminar and an annual lecture, all focusing on pre-Colonial or Colonial history and featuring Patrick Henry. The widow of Philip E. Nuttle, a member of the Johns Hopkins University class of 1929, Margaret Nuttle said she hopes her gift to the departments of History and Political Science will help to promote a more balanced portrayal of Patrick Henry's life and times, and also will stimulate a resurgence in the teaching of American history and political science.


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