Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s College London, will visit the city on Wednesday, 27 February 2008.
Professor Trainor, who is also the President of Universities UK, which represents the heads of all the UK’s universities, will talk about the dynamism of the Victorian Black Country and its implications for the present day.
He said: “During the Victorian and Edwardian periods the Black Country overcame a series of economic, social and cultural challenges. This admirable record has implication for the region in the early 21st century: today’s issues, although clearly different in many ways from those of earlier periods, have similarities as well.”
Rick Trainor has been Principal and Professor of Social History at King’s College London since 2004. For the previous four years he was Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Social History at the University of Greenwich. An American by birth and undergraduate education, he came to Britain in the 1970s when his doctoral research at Oxford involved work in the Black Country on the region’s 19th and early 20th century history.
His published research has focussed on 19th and 20th century British elites, especially in industrialised urban areas, notably to Black Country.
The event will take place in the Millennium City Building on the Wolverhampton City Campus at 6pm on Wednesday, 27 February, 2008. For more information, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/publiclecture or call the Graduate School on 01902 323344.
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