Alcohol, race discussion topics at Humanities Symposia

Trine University’s Humanities Symposia will focus on alcohol and race during the 19th century at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Wells Theater, Taylor Hall.

Sarah Young, Ph.D., will discuss binge drinking and anti-alcohol crusades in 19th century America. She also will explore how the temperance movement became entwined with United States popular culture and its ideas about race, slavery and Andrew Jackson’s policy of Indian Removal.

“This topic is fascinating to me because so little is known about it. Temperance reform was one of the most popular social movements of the 19th century. There were temperance societies, temperance plays, temperance stories and so on. It was an integral part of U.S. culture,” said Young.

“Now, when you ask people about it, they might know a little bit about the 20th century Prohibition movement, but that’s it. How did something so common and popular just disappear?”

The free talks, scheduled each Tuesday through Nov. 8, are open to everyone. Trine students get CHAT credit for attending.

For more information about the Humanities Symposia, contact Sarah Young at or 260.665.4849