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3rd Annual Blair-Rockefeller Legacy Series Conference

"C. Vann Woodward for a New Century: Politics and Identity in the Modern South"
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
April 7-9, 2010

C. Vann Woodward - Image from American Historical Association (www.historians.org)Building upon the strength of the first venture in this partnership, the Blair Center and the Rockefeller Institute hosted the 3rd Blair Legacy Series Conference on native-Arkansan C. Vann Woodward on the campus of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. On the 50-year anniversary of its publication, Woodward’s The Burden of Southern History was the focus of this retrospective.
 
Invited scholars were asked to reconsider the key essays that comprised Woodward’s landmark collection, to discuss the ongoing relevance of his ideas, or to reinterpret one of his theses in an analysis of the contemporary South. Woodward tackles questions of equality, white southern identity, the political legacy of Reconstruction, the heritage of populism, the place of the South within the nation, among others.
 
While much of the conference was open to invited guests only, a public keynote address and panel discussion took place April 8 in Giffels Auditorium in the Old Main building on the University of Arkansas campus. The keynote speaker was James C. Cobb, B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia.
 
Other participating scholars included the following:
 
Elsa Barkley-Brown
Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies
Faculty, Afro-American Studies and American Studies
University of Maryland
 
Charles Bullock, III
Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science
University of Georgia
Department of Political Science
 
Jane Dailey
Associate Professor of History
University of Chicago
Department of History
 
Leigh Anne Duck
Associate Professor of English
University of Memphis
Department of English
 
Bob McMath
Dean, Honors College
Professor of History
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
 
Wayne Parent
Russell B. Long Professor of Political Science
Louisiana State University
Department of Political Science
 
Hanes Walton, Jr.
Professor, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies
Research Professor, Center for Political Studies
University of Michigan
 
Patrick Williams
Associate Professor of History
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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