Nell Irvin Painter

Nell Irvin Painter

Past Event: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

At Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

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A leading historian of the United States, Nell Irvin Painter is the author of seven books, including Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present (2005), Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol (1996), The Narrative of Hosea Hudson: The Life and Times of a Black Radical (1993), and most recently A History of White People (2010), which traces characterizations of lighter-skinned people, who are today referred to as white, beginning in ancient times with the Scythians.

Nell Irvin Painter received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Bordeaux, France. She spent two years at the University of Ghana in West Africa in the 1960s, an experience Painter says “helped preserve my humanity” before receiving her M.A. from University of California at Los Angeles and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty of Princeton in 1988, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She married business professor Glenn R. Shafer in 1989.

Until her recent retirement from teaching, Nell Irvin Painter was the Edwards Professor Emerita of American History at Princeton University. She received honorary doctorates from Wesleyan, Dartmouth, SUNY-New Paltz, and Yale. After retiring from the Princeton in 2005, she earned a B.F.A. degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2009 and is currently a graduate student in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Nell Painter also has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Bunting Institute, and the Center for Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. She has served as president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association. She has been a recipient of the Brown Publication Prize, awarded by the Association of Black Women Historians and has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Selected Work

Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction (1976)
The Narrative of Hosea Hudson: The Life and Times of a Black Radical (1993)
Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol (1996)
Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present (2005)
The History of White People (2010)

Links

Diane Sawyer and author Nell Irvin Painter discuss what it means to be “white” (ABC News)
Nell Irvin Painter debates and arm-wrestles Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Big Think Interview With Nell Irvin Painter

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Recital Hall is located on the upper level of Benaroya Hall, up the stairs to the left side of the Box Office. Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.


By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Bus
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Parking
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth Avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second Avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.

Accessibility

All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Click here for more information about accessibility and ADA services at Benaroya Hall.

Please contact us at sal@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.