Dr. Rick Frederick,
professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will speak next
week on one of the most-influential families in 19th century
America, “The Fabulous Field Family.”
The talk, sponsored by Friends of
Hanley Library, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in Lester and Barbara Rice
Auditorium in Fisher Hall on campus. It is free and open to the public, and
light refreshments will be served.
The six brothers of the Field family
included a Supreme Court justice, the entrepreneur of the transatlantic cable,
a leading New York attorney and a minister/travel writer who married a
notorious French woman (who was later played by Bette Davis in a movie).
Frederick is well known for his
entertaining lectures on American history. He has taught at Pitt-Bradford since
1979 and is the author or co-author of four books, most recently a biography of
William Howard Taft. He is one of two Pitt-Bradford faculty members to have
received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher Award,
as well as the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Teaching Award.
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