WHAT: Where would Portland State University be today without the influence of elder statesman Monroe Sweetland, who guided the legislation that turned Portland State College into an urban university? The answer to this and other questions will be found in a free Friends of History lecture on Oregon Statesman Monroe Sweetland (1910-2006) to be given by his biographer, retired History Professor Bill Robbins.
When Monroe Sweetland died in 2006, just four years shy of the century mark, he was the last of the old school of politicians; a tireless idealist and native Oregonian who never forgot his roots. He poured as much of his energies into organizing unions, battling for civil rights, and in turning the ideological shift of Oregon from conservative to liberal. But his gift to Portland State College was in leading the charge to turn the college into Portland State University over the objection of other similar state institutions.
Professor Robbins is a respected author and leading historian in Western American studies who has retired from teaching at Oregon State University. In 1997, he was conferred the honorary title of "Distinguished Professor" in recognitiion of his significant contributions to the field of history. His books include Colony and Empire (1994) and Oregon: This Storied Land (2005).
WHEN: Tuesday, May 11, 7 p.m.
WHERE: 238 Smith Union, 1825 SW Broadway
INFO: (503) 725-5473