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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 17, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 7
American Revolution Scholar to Give Patrick Henry Lecture

By Amy Cowles

Richard Beeman, a scholar of Revolutionary-era America, will give the inaugural Patrick Henry Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in 305 Hodson Hall, Homewood campus.

The title of Beeman's lecture is "The Democratic Thought of Patrick Henry."

Beeman has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's History Department for 36 years. He has written five books and several dozen articles on aspects of America's political and constitutional history in the 18th and early 19th centuries. During his tenure at Penn, Beeman has served as chair of the Department of History, as an associate dean responsible for the Humanities and Social Sciences departments and as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is currently vice chair of the Academic Advisory Board and chair of the Program and Exhibits Committee of the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center. Beeman's teaching activities at Penn have covered U.S. history from the founding of the colonies up to the Civil War.

The lecture is funded by a $1 million gift from Margaret Nuttle, a great-great-great granddaughter of Patrick Henry. Nuttle's gift will provide 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 class of 1929, Margaret Nuttle said she hopes her gift to the university's departments of History and Political Science will promote a more balanced portrayal of Patrick Henry's life and times. She would also like, she said, to stimulate a resurgence in the teaching of American history and political science.

A resident of Easton, Md., Nuttle has been an active member of the university community since her husband's death in 1996. She has hosted several events for the dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and for the president of the university. She also helped establish the Class of 1929 Endowed Scholarship.


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