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Victoria Bynum to speak at 2015 Marszalek Lecture

The John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series will continue its annual tradition at Mississippi State University Wednesday, March 18 at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum.

The 2015 Marszalek Lecture brings in guest speaker Dr. Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Texas State University, San Marcos. Bynum will present "The Free State of Jones: Community, Race, and Kinship in Civil War Mississippi." In addition, Gracjan Kraszewski, MSU history graduate student and recipient of the 2015 Marszalek Graduate Student Award, will present his winning essay, "Entangled Allegiance: Catholics in the Civil War South."

Dr. Bynum, a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, taught in the history department of Texas State University for 24 years before retiring in 2010. Her research centers on the role of class and kinship in creating Unionist communities in the Confederate South, as well as gender, race, and class relations in the Old and New South. In addition to numerous articles, her publications include: The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and its Legacies (2010); Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South (1992); and The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War (2001). A film adaptation of The Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Gary Ross, is currently being produced in Mississippi.

Bynum is descended from several families that participated on both sides of the uprising known as the "Free State of Jones." She moderates a blog, Renegade South, in which readers further explore the lives of unconventional Southerners.

The John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series was established in 2002 by the Marszaleks and by MSU Libraries to encourage use of primary source materials related to American history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Jacksonian America, and race relations. The series includes papers presented by university students and a lecture by an established historian of national reputation. The Marszalek Library Fund is a special fund used annually to purchase primary source materials to be added to the holdings of Mitchell Memorial Library.

For more information on MSU Libraries, the Marszalek Lecture Series, and the upcoming lecture, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/Marszalek.

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