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armitageHarvard University Professor David Armitage will take a fresh look at the American Declaration of Independence when he visits UT to deliver the annual Milton M. Klein Lecture.

Part of the Department of History’s Distinguished Lecture series, the event begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the multipurpose room at the Black Cultural Center. It is free and open to the public.

Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and chair of the Department of History at Harvard, where he teaches intellectual and international history. He has lectured on six continents and held research fellowships, and he is the author or publisher of fifteen books.

Born in Britain, Armitage studied at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University and taught at Columbia University before going to Harvard in 2004.

Armitage will provide an inside look into one of America’s most famous documents and demonstrate how the Declaration of Independence has played a pivotal role in the development of The United States.

Following the lecture, Armitage will sign copies of his best-selling book The Declaration of Independence: A Global History, which will be for sale on site.

For more information, contact Mary Beckley at or visit the Department of History website.


Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,