Distinguished Scholars to Present “Perspectives on Southern History” at Nicholls

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls History and Geography invites you to hear two prominent historians discuss “Perspectives on Southern History.”

The Distinguished Scholars Series lecture, which is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, in the Bollinger Suite, features Dr. Edward Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond, and Dr. John C. Rodrigue, Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor of History at Stonehill College. The event is free and open to the public.

“If you’re interested in a serious and engaging discussion of history, especially the history of the South, you should attend,” said Dr. Paul Wilson, Nicholls Department of History and Geography head. “We don’t want to just educate students, we want to serve the community that hosts our university and we know there are many people in our region who enjoy the variety of educational events on campus that are open to the public.”

Following the presentation, the program will open up the forum to a question and answer series from audience members.

Dr. Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, served as president of the Organization of American Historians and won the Bancroft Prize in American history.  He is one of the co-hosts for BackStory, a popular podcast about American history. His newest book, “The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America,” received the Lincoln Prize.

Dr. Rodrigue has most recently published “Lincoln and Reconstruction,” a volume in Southern Illinois University Press’s Concise Lincoln Library series. He is currently working on a study of the abolition of slavery in the lower Mississippi Valley during the Civil War, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In addition to working on a long-term project on the southern planters after the Civil War, he is also general editor of the college-level textbook, “Louisiana: A History,” published by Wiley.

“These are interesting scholars who have important things to say about this country’s past,” Dr. Wilson said. “These historians are among the finest scholars ever brought to campus for presentations and they’ll discuss not only their research, much of it dealing with 19th-century Southern History, but they’ll both show the relevance of the 19th Century South to modern America.”


CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@www.nicholls.edu