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Award-Winning Historian to Deliver 14th Hinson Lecture at University of Mobile

Kathy Dean News, Sciences

MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Edward Ayers, the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond, will deliver a lecture titled “Reckoning with Ourselves:  The Civil War and Its Memories” at this year’s installment of University of Mobile’s Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series.

According to Dr. Lonnie Burnett, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UM and director of the lecture series, Ayers will examine how the lasting effect of our nation’s greatest internal conflict still dominates our contemporary discourse.

The talk will be held Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the recently-renovated Weaver Auditorium on the University of Mobile campus. The program, which includes the lecture and a book signing, is free and open to the public.

Ayers received a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He received a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University in 1980.  He has written and edited 12 books, including “In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America,” winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Beveridge Prize; and “The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction,” a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His new book, “The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America,” recently won the Lincoln Prize.

In addition to being named National Professor of the Year, President Barack Obama awarded Ayers the National Humanities Medal in 2013. He served as president of the Organization of American Historians during the 2017-18 term.

Over four decades of work of writing history, experimenting with digital scholarship, collaborating in public history, and teaching and leading in higher education, Ayers has tried to find new ways to connect people with the American past, Burnett said.

The Billy G. Hinson Series was established by the University of Mobile College of Arts and Sciences to present academic programs dealing with major topics in American history.  The series is named in honor of Dr. Billy Hinson, long-time history professor at the university.  For more information, contact Burnett at 251.442.2319 or lburnett@umobile.edu.


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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.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.