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Haight receives distinguished lecture award

May 26, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Bruce M. Haight, professor of history at Western Michigan University, is the recipient of the 24th Charles H. Hackley Distinguished Lecture Award made by the board of the Friends of Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Mich.

As recipient of the award, Haight addressed an audience of about 200 when he delivered the 2005 Hackley Lecture May 25 at the Muskegon Museum of Art. The title of his speech was "The Most Important Things Are Never Said."

The annual humanities lecture is named for Charles H. Hackley, who made a gift of the Hackley Library to the city of Muskegon in 1888. Past recipients have ranged from theologians to labor leaders, legal experts and novelists. An early recipient was Lewis H. Carlson, a WMU professor emeritus of history.

Haight, a faculty member since 1970, is an expert on Christianity and Islam in Africa and has been a frequent traveler to Nigeria, where he has a long-standing collaboration with sculptor Lamidi Fakeye. Fakeye has been a visitor to WMU as well.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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