Join us as Dr. Bryan Jack leads us through history using feature films. Dr. Jack will discuss how to understand feature films as history and how, sometimes, this history is not always as it may seem.

What: Open to the general public. You do not need a library card to attend this free event. Please register as space is limited.

When: 6:30pm, Thursday, May 12

Where: First-Floor Community Room, O'Fallon Public Library


Dr. Bryan Jack's Bio: 

In 2010, I came to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from a previous teaching appointment at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. My areas of teaching and research are African American history, St. Louis history, and the American South. Since coming to SIUE, I have developed numerous undergraduate classes, including: Migration and Movement in African American History, American Slavery Through Biography, The South in American Culture, and Civil Rights in St. Louis.  

Additionally, I teach US History since 1865, The Black Urban Experience, Historical Methods, and the History of Black America. As a member of the graduate faculty, I have designed and taught the Historiography of Slavery and Reading the City: St. Louis. 

In 2008, The University of Missouri Press published my book, The Saint Louis African American Community and the Exodusters. In 2013, I contributed a chapter to the book, Recovering Five Generations Hence: The Life and Writing of Lillian Jones Horace, published by Texas A&M University Press. In 2019 the University of Kentucky Press published my edited collection, Southern History on Screen: Race and Rights, 1976-2016. Additionally, I am completing an article on the desegregation of St. Louis public transportation. 

My wife and I live in the city of St. Louis. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports (especially the St. Louis Cardinals and the Alabama Crimson Tide), playing golf, traveling, and exploring new restaurants. 


Any questions, please direct them to Heidi at [email protected] or 618-206-4344

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