The following chronology covers key events in Lawrence J. Friedman’s life and career. The names within parentheses are contributors to the Friedman Festschrift who write about these particular events in their essays/tributes.

1940—Lawrence J. Friedman born October 8th in Cleveland, Ohio

1962—Receives BA from University of California, Riverside

1965—Receives MA from University of California, Los Angeles

1967—Receives PhD in American History from University of California, Los Angeles

1968—Joins the faculty at Arizona State University as Assistant Professor of History

1970—Publishes The White Savage: Racial Fantasies in the Postbellum South (Stephen Whitfield)

1971—Joins the faculty at Bowling Green State University as Associate Professor of History (Scott G. Eberle)

1975—Publishes Inventors of the Promised Land

1977—Promoted to Full Professor of History and American Studies

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at Bowling Green State University

1982—Publishes Gregarious Saints: Self and Community in American Abolitionism, 1830-1870

1990—Publishes Menninger: The Family and the Clinic (James L. Kelley)

1991—Named Distinguished University Professor at Bowling Green State University

1993—Joins faculty at Indiana University as Professor of History and Philanthropy

1999—Publishes Identity’s Architect: A Biography of Erik Erikson (Jim Clark, Joyce M. Rosenberg)

2003—Co-edits Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History with Mark D. McGarvie (Dwight F. Burlingame)

2006—Retires from Indiana University’s History Department

2009—Joins Harvard University’s Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative

2009—Founds Conference on Public Intellectuals (Cassandra Atherton, Michael Brown, Ronald E. Doel, Paul H. Elovitz, Pilar Damião de Medeiros)

2013—Publishes The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet (Odile Heynders, David Lotto)

2014—Begins research project on the One World Movement (Joseph Boskin, Robin Alfriend Kello, Peter Kuznick)

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Mark I. West

Mark I. West, PhD, is Professor of English, as well as the recent Chair of the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has taught since 1984. In addition to performing administrative duties, he regularly teaches courses on children’s and young adult literature. He has written or edited 19 books, the most recent of which is Theodore Roosevelt and His Library at Sagamore Hill (2022). Before entering academia, he worked as an early childhood educator and professional puppeteer. His email address is .

How to Cite This:

West, M. I. (2023). Lawrence Jacob Friedman timeline. In M. I. West, P. H. Elovitz, & N. D’Andria (Eds.), Lawrence Jacob Friedman Festschrift. Clio’s Psyche, 29(3), 266-267.

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