Overflow seating planned for Howard Zinn talk tonight

An unusually large number of calls and e-mail inquiries over the past two weeks has prompted the University Lectures Committee to make arrangements for overflow seating for the Howard Zinn talk tonight, Wednesday, April 23.

The widely known historian and social activist will speak at 7:30 p.m. tonight in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.

The doors to the auditorium will open at 7 p.m. As in past lectures that have been open to the public, St. Thomas students, staff and faculty will have priority seating in the center section of the auditorium.

If and when the ground-floor section and two balconies are full, visitors will be invited to watch the lecture via closed-circuit television in several campus locations. The first overflow space will be Room 126 on the east end of John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts. If that fills up, visitors will be directed to the third-floor lounge of Murray-Herrick Campus Center. And if that fills up, several classrooms equipped with televisions will be open on the second and third floors of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

The talk also can be seen in campus residence halls this evening on Channel 6. The lecture is being recorded for possible use at a later date on Minnesota Public Radio.

Tickets or reservations are not required for the talk.

While the University Lectures Committee expected a good turnout when it scheduled Zinn months ago, committee members were surprised by the number of telephone calls received recently from throughout the state by people who want to attend the lecture.

If you have questions about Zinn’s talk tonight, call Matthew Best of the Lectures Committee at (651) 962-6136, Ext 2.

Zinn, born in New York in 1922, is the author of many books, essays and plays. His 1980 book, A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, has gone into more than 25 printings and is widely used in high school and university classrooms.



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