University of Mobile Professor Dr. Matthew Downs to Speak at Symposium on the South and World War I

Amber Kelley News, Sciences

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile professor Dr. Matthew Downs will discuss how World War I is important to the history of the South at a national symposium March 14-15.

Downs is a featured speaker at “Time of Tradition and Transition: A Symposium on the South and World War I” at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He will discuss the regional impact of WWI, which is the topic of a book he recently co-edited, “The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924.”

“In my research on the development of the Port of Mobile and the Alabama State Docks, I realized just how important World War I was to the history of the South. I’m excited to be a part of the symposium and highlight the important scholarship focusing on this transformational event in our regional and national history,” said Downs. He is associate professor of history at University of Mobile and serves as editor of The Alabama Review, the scholarly journal of the Alabama Historical Association.

The symposium aims to enlighten students and citizens to better understand how WWI impacted the South; and to promote local history – specifically Greenwood and upstate South Carolina, according to Lander University.

The symposium will include panel discussions by experts on the roles of women in the war effort and in the economy, the U.S. military and foreign policy, race relations, agriculture and food culture, and the South’s economy and later economic development.


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Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley is the marketing communications specialist for University of Mobile. Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM. As marketing communications specialist, Amber writes press releases and other content for UM. She is passionate about serving in her youth group at Redemption Church. She enjoys spending time outside, reading a good book and watching romantic comedies on Netflix.