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John Holtz Memorial Lecture Series

John Holtz was an Associate Professor of Library Instructional Services at UIS from 1989 until his death in January 2004. His family established the John W. Holtz Memorial Fund to honor him.

Prisoners of Conscience in the Modern Era

UIS Professor of History Emeritus Cullom Davis presented “Prisoners of Conscience in the Modern Era” on April 16th, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Brookens Auditorium.

During his talk, Dr. Davis reflected on the lives of modern and contemporary prisoners of conscience, such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (Burma), who has been under house arrest for much of the time since 1988 for opposing the repressive national government.

Dr. Davis served for fifteen years as founding director of Sangamon State University’s Oral History Office and helped found the university’s MA program in Public History. From 1988 to 2000 he was also Director and Senior Editor of The Lincoln Legal Papers. He has written and edited several books and articles in American political history, oral history, legal history, and Illinois history. Early in 2008, he was one of thirty citizens world-wide to receive the special Bicentennial edition of The Order of Lincoln, our state’s highest honor.

This ECCE event was co-sponsored by the Friends of Brookens Library.