October 18, 1963, in response to an invitation from members of the local African American community, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Stepan Center at Notre Dame. To commemorate the 50th year of this event, IUSB Associate Professor of History Monica Tetzlaff will lecture on King's visit to South Bend.
Monica Maria Tetzlaff is an Associate
Professor of History at IU South Bend. She received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialties are African American history, Women's History and social movements. In 2002, Dr. Tetzlaff published Cultivating a New South: Abbie Holmes Christensen and the Politics of Race and Gender, 1852-1938, a biography that looked at the intersection of race and gender in a white reformer’s life in the segregated South. She enjoys teaching and in 2007, she was voted instructor of the Year at IU South Bend. Dr. Tetzlaff is currently researching the Civil Rights Movement in South Bend, Indiana in the 1950s -1970s.