Stephanie Rolfe will deliver the student lecture, entitled "The White Problem" in Southern Progressivism. Rolfe received her B.A., with honors, in political science at Millsaps College, and her M.A. in history at MSU. She is now a doctoral student in history at MSU, and at present she is working on her dissertation, tentatively entitled "The Role of Southern White Resistance to the Civil Rights Movement in the Birth of the New Right."
Featured speaker will be nationally renowned historian Dr. Craig L. Symonds, retired professor of history from the United States Naval Academy. He is currently Chief Historian at the USS Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. While at the Naval Academy, he won awards in both teaching and research, and he has authored ten books. Included among his published volumes are prize-winning biographies of Joseph E. Johnston (1992), Patrick Cleburne (1997), and Franklin Buchanan (1999), as well as The American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg (2001). His most recent work is Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History (2005). In addition, he has edited nine other books and has published more than a hundred book chapters or articles in academic and popular journals.
The lectures are free and open to the public and are an outgrowth of the Marszaleks' Library Fund established several years ago to provide donations of primary source material to the MSU Libraries in the fields of Jacksonian America, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Race Relations. All donations to the fund are tax-deductible and may be made to: The Marszalek Fund, Mississippi State University Development Foundation, P. O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
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