‘Alabama’s Historian’ Wayne Flynt to Speak at University of Mobile for Alabama’s Bicentennial

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MOBILE, Ala. –The University of Mobile College of Arts & Sciences puts the spotlight on Alabama’s bicentennial with a free lecture by “Alabama’s Historian” Dr. Wayne Flynt.

Flynt, professor emeritus of history at Auburn University, will deliver a lecture entitled “Pulitzers and Politics: The Best and Worst of Alabama on Our 200th Birthday.” The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the newly-renovated Weaver Auditorium on the University of Mobile campus. The program, which will include a book signing, is free and open to the public. 

Flynt has been referred to as “Alabama’s Historian. He is the author of 11 books, two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  His work spans topics including evangelical religion, poverty, Alabama history, and literature. His memoir, Keeping the Faith, was published in 2011. He has been an invited lecturer at institutions around the world including Cambridge and Oxford universities. He has also been the subject of two Alabama Public Television documentaries and in 2000 was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters by Samford University.

Flynt attended Samford University as a ministerial student where he double majored in history and speech. He received his Ph.D. in American history from Florida State University. During his 40-year teaching career at Samford and Auburn, he won 18 teaching awards. In 1991, he was selected as Alabama Professor of the Year by the Alabama Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 

In addition to his scholarly activities, Flynt has been recognized for his outstanding record of political and civic activism, including being named by the Mobile Register as Alabamian of the Year in 1992.

For information about this program, contact Dr. Lonnie Burnett, executive dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at University of Mobile, at 251.442.2319 or lburnett@umobile.edu.

About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven.The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. 

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.eduor call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled the University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined the University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She is a charter member of Providence United Methodist Church, serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from the University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.