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Citadel News Service
27 Aug 2008

"Roots of Rock and Roll” coming to The Citadel

NOTE: The Jim Cobb lecture has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Bond Hall Room 165 due to inclement weather anticipated from Tropical Storm Hanna. Updated 4 September 2008.

With wit and insightfulness, University of Georgia historian James C. Cobb will kick off the 2008 Fulghum Lecture Series on Thursday, Sept. 4 with a look at the Southern roots of rock and roll, tracing its development from the blues and country music.

“We are delighted to have Jim Cobb at The Citadel this fall,” said Bo Moore, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. “He is the leading historian of the South since World War II and a very entertaining speaker.”

Cobb is the B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia and former president of the Southern Historical Association. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the economy, society, and culture in the American South. His blog Cobbloviate is a collection of posts on everything from politics and history to current events.

The Fulghum Lecture Series was created in 2007 by the Department of History Southern Studies Program 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, and member emeritus of The Citadel Board of Visitors. He is president of Lenwall Enterprises, Inc.

All lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165 unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public. Cobb’s visit is first of three scheduled lectures for the fall. The others are:

  • Oct. 7 - John Duckworth of Johns Island, S.C., will discuss the South Carolina Lowcountry through his art work, photography and filmmaking. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. His latest “paintings from a camera” are part of a series of works that explore the shifting dynamics of life in the Lowcountry.
  • Nov. 18 - John Meacham, editor of Newsweek magazine, will discuss his new book “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.” Founder of the Democratic Party, Jackson rose from a humble Carolina childhood to the height of power as president of the United States. A New York Times best-selling author, Meacham appears regularly on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and on MSNBC. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. This lecture is co-sponsored by the South Carolina Historical Society and is a fund-raising event. Admission is $25 a person. The first 200 Citadel students, faculty and staff with ID will be admitted free.
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