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Citadel News Service
13 Aug 2009

Fall Fulghum Lecture Series to host three national historians

What do barbeque, presidential impeachments and The Citadel post World War II have in common? Three of the nation’s leading historians and authors will bring those topics to The Citadel for discussion this fall as part of the Fulghum Lecture Series.

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John Shelton Reed

“This year’s Fulghum series features the most acclaimed living scholar of the South, the author of a current national bestseller, and one of the most promising young historians of the region,” said Bo Moore, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“All of them have earned reputations as entertaining speakers. And all of them will be offering original insights into the forces that have shaped the modern identity, politics, and culture of southerners - particularly those who live in the Carolinas.”

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.

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David Stewart

All lectures are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The fall lectures will also feature book signings by:

  • John Shelton Reed, author of "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue.“
  • David Stewart, author of "Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy.”
  • Alex Macaulay, author of "Marching in Step: Masculinity, Citizenship and The Citadel in Post-World War II America."

Reed, the 2007 Mark Clark Professor of History at The Citadel, will kick off the lecture series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in Bond Hall Room 165. He will discuss "The Balkans of Barbecue: Pit-Cooked Meat in the Carolinas." Reed is widely recognized as the leading authority on what constitutes modern Southern identity. He is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he co-founded the Center for the Study of the American South.

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Alex Macaulay

An attorney in Washington, D.C., Stewart has argued appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and was law clerk to Justice Lewis Powell. He will discuss his new book “Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Holliday Alumni Center. The event is jointly sponsored by the South Carolina Historical Society. Tickets are $15 a person. Admission is free to the first 200 people with Citadel identification.

Macaulay, Citadel Class of 1994, will discuss his new book "Marching in Step: Masculinity, Citizenship and The Citadel in Post-World War II America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in Duckett Hall Auditorium at The Citadel. His book, due out in November, explores the issue of Southern distinctiveness and sheds light on the South's real and imagined relationship with the rest of America. In “Marching in Step” Macaulay argues that The Citadel has actually experienced many post World War II changes - changes that often tell us as much about the United States as about the American South.

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