Activist and historian Howard Zinn will discuss “The Uses of History” at the Smith Opera House as a guest of Refuse and Resist! at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
April 8, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Howard Zinn activist, pacifist, and author will bring his experiences and reflections to Geneva. Zinn, professor emeritus of history and political science at Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences, will speak on “The Uses of History” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at the Smith Opera House. Admission is $2 for students, $4 for the general public. Tickets are available at Student Life and Leadership and The College Store.
Zinn grew up in Brooklyn. His parents were Jewish immigrants, his father from Austria and his mother from Asiatic Russia, who met as factory workers in New York. He was a bombardier in World War II. He first became involved in politics through the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and has been arrested numerous times for anti-war actions and other demonstrations.
In an interview with David Barsamian, published in Zinn's book The Future of History, Zinn offers his perspective. “If you can control history, what people know about history, if you can decide what's in people's history and what's left out, you can order their thinking. You can order their values. You can in effect organize their brains by controlling their knowledge. The people who can do that, who can control the past, are the people who control the present.”
Zinn's other books include The Twentieth Century: A People's History, The Politics Of History, Declarations Of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology, Failure to Quit: Reflections Of An Optimistic Historian, and more.
Zinn holds a B.A. from New York University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.