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Dr. Gary Kremer Traces the Roots of Racism

For Immediate Release: January 30

Rebecca Denton
Theme Year Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: (417) 873-7377

SPRINGFIELD , Mo., January 30, 2009 — Dr. Gary Kremer will present, “The Innovation of Racism,” on Thursday, February 5 at 11 a.m. in the Drury University Diversity Center.

Dr. Kremer (pronounced: Kreh-mer) is the executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Before coming to the University of Missouri, Kremer taught history at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and William Woods University in Fulton. Between those academic appointments, he also served as Missouri's state archivist.

He has written, co-written and co-edited ten books, including the recently released Women in Missouri History: In Search of Power and Influence; A Dictionary of Missouri Biography; A History of Missouri; 1875-1919 and Missouri's Black Heritage. He has written dozens of journal articles and is an authority on the African-American experience in Missouri.

This event is co-sponsored by the Drury University Diversity Center.

Drury University 's 2008-2009 convocation series Entrepreneurship & Innovation focuses on unique and innovative approaches to business, social and environmental issues. This series features the stories of individuals and organizations who apply energy and ingenuity to improve their world. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rebecca Denton at (417) 873-7377, or by e-mail at, or visit


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