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Distinguished Professor of History, Walter Hixson, at the University of Akron student union. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

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Name: Walter Hixson.

Age: 57.

Hometown: Akron, born in Louisville, Ky.

Role: Distinguished professor of history at the University of Akron who specializes in American history and U.S. foreign policy, including the Vietnam War; former president of the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors; and author of several books including Charles A. Lindbergh: Lone Eagle in 2006.

“Awareness that freedom and equality are aspirations not yet accomplished, both at home and abroad, keeps me motivated to write and teach. Nobody can disagree with the concepts of freedom in the abstract, but what people often lost sight of is that it isn’t enough to just say the words. The words have a lot of power, but you have to look beneath them and see what’s being done.”

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