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Citadel News Service
4 Sep 2007

Fulghum Lecture Series makes its debut Sept. 13

Three noted authors and researchers of Southern history and culture will kick off the fall 2007 Fulghum Lecture Series at The Citadel. 

The Fulghum Lecture Series named Leonard C. Fulghum, Jr. of Charleston, Citadel class of 1951. Fulghum is member emeritus of The Citadel Board of Visitors.

The Fulghum Lecture Series was created by the Southern Studies Program within the Department of History to promote a better understanding of the American South and to help prepare students to be principled leaders in the region. The series is named after its benefactor, Leonard C. Fulghum, Jr. of Charleston, Citadel class of 1951. Fulghum is member emeritus of The Citadel Board of Visitors and president of Lenwall Enterprises, Inc. He served on The Citadel Board of Visitors from 1977 to 2002 and was board chairman from 2000 to 2002.

“Mr. Fulghum’s generosity adds an exciting new dimension to the work of our Southern Studies Program,” said Bo Moore, chairman of the History Department and series organizer. “This significantly expands the educational opportunities that The Citadel is able to offer to its students and to the residents of the South Carolina Lowcountry.”

All of the lectures are free and open to the public. Each will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Copeland Auditorium inside Grimsley Hall. Book signings are scheduled after each gathering.

Thursday, Sept. 13 - John Shelton Reed
Founder of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Reed will discuss “What’s Southern about the South.”
Reed is Kenan Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he directed the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, co-founded the Center for the Study of the American South, and was founding co-editor of the journal “Southern Cultures.” He is a regular contributor to national media outlets as well as the author or editor of 12 highly influential books about the American South, including “1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the South.”

Tuesday, Oct. 9 – John T. Edge
Edge is director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He will discuss “A Debt of Pleasure: Paying a Price for Fried Chicken.”
Edge is the author of the James Beard Award nominated cookbook, “A Gracious Plenty: Recipes and Recollections from the American South;” “Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover's Companion to the South;” and a four-book “An American Story” series on iconic American food – fried chicken, apple pie, hamburgers and fries and donuts.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Josephine Humphreys
An award-winning novelist and Charleston resident Humphreys will discuss “Southern Fiction: Telling the Secrets.”
Humphreys is the author of “Dreams of Sleep,” winner of the 1985 Ernest Hemingway Award for first fiction, “Rich in Love,” which was made into a major motion picture, recipient of the 2001 Southern Book Award for fiction. Her work has also been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lyndhurst Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. She lives in Charleston.

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