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Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life and Legacy of Award-Winning Biographer & Historian Stephen B. Oates

Event Information


Old Chapel

Date & Time

Sep 9, 2022 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact Name

Julie Martel


Event Website

UMass Libraries

Stephen B. Oates

Please join us for a full-day symposium and memorial service for the award-winning historian Stephen B. Oates, emeritus professor of history, celebrating his contributions as biographer, public intellectual, teacher, and colleague.

Friday, September 9, 2022
9 am – 5 pm
Old Chapel
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The event is free, although space is limited. All are welcome for any portion of the day. Please RSVP by Friday, September 2. Email Julie Martel at or visit the registration page.

Speakers include:

  • Harold Holzer, keynote speaker, renowned Lincoln scholar, and current chair of The Lincoln Forum;
  • Catherine Clinton, acclaimed author & Civil War historian
  • Frank Williams, retired chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and chair emeritus of The Lincoln Forum
  • David A. Lowy ’83, associate justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Lynn Pasquerella, president of the American Association of Colleges & Universities; 18th president of Mount Holyoke College
  • Gretchen H. Gerzina, professor of English and Paul Murray Kendall chair in biography, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Carla Kaplan, Davis distinguished professor of American literature, professor of women’s, gender, & Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University
  • Playthell Benjamin, Black Studies pioneer, scholar, award-winning journalist, and broadcaster
  • Jonathan Hensleigh ’81, major motion picture writer, director, and producer
  • Joyce Berkman, emerita professor of history, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Helen Sheehy, writer, lecturer, and consultant

Sponsored by the Department of History, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the UMass Amherst Libraries