Vernon Burton, historian
and sociologist of the South,
to speak at FSC's Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2004) - Florida
Southern College's Center for Florida History welcomes Dr. Vernon
Burton, professor of history and sociology at the University of
Illinois, Urbana, to the Florida Lecture Series Jan. 29. Burton's
topic, "A Southerner's Civil War," addresses his book, "Gentleman
and Officer: James B. Griffin's Civil War." The lecture will start
at 7 p.m. in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on campus. A book
signing will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.
"I am delighted to have Vernon and his wife, Georganne, on campus,"
said James M. Denham, Director of the FSC Center for Florida History.
"Both have just released 'Free Flag of Cuba: A Lost Novel by Lucy
Holcombe Pickens,' a fictional account of the Narciso Lopez expedition
to Cuba. Just released in paperback by LSU Press, the novel is a
classic in Southern literature, the authorship of which the Burtons
Burton is one of America's premier historians and sociologists of
the American South. Born in Royston, Ga. but reared in Ninety Six,
S.C., Burton holds a bachelor's degree from Furman University and
a doctorate from Princeton University. At the University of Illinois
since 1974, Burton is currently professor of history and sociology
and a senior research scientist at the university's National Center
for Supercomputing Applications, where he heads the initiative for
humanities and social science projects. He is the author or editor
of more than a hundred articles and seven books, including "In My
Father's House Are Many Mansions: Family Community in Edgefield,
South Carolina," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Burton's research and teaching interests include race relations,
family, community, politics, religion, and the intersection of humanities
and social science. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National
Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Humanities
Center, and the Carnegie Foundation.
About the Florida Lecture Series
The Florida Lecture Series is produced by the Center for Florida
History and sponsored by the FSC Alumni Association, the Robert
and Rose Stahl Criminology Lecture Series, and the Robert W. and
Susan E. McKnight Political Affairs Lecture Series. The program
brings speakers to the Lakeland campus who approach the issue of
"Florida Life and Culture" from a wide range of disciplines, including
history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology,
literature, music and art. Its overall objective is to create an
opportunity for members of the community, faculty, and student body
to listen to, interact with and learn from leading scholars and
specialists of the state's history and culture.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.