Alabama Studies Symposium

July 20 - 21, 2001, Montgomery, Alabama

The Alabama Studies Symposium brings teachers and the general public together with humanities scholars for an in-depth exploration of Alabama’s rich social, political and cultural heritage. The symposium offers attendees the opportunity to hear the latest in scholarship and to interact formally and informally with a large number of humanities scholars.

In 2001 the symposium will be held in Montgomery on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. The opening keynote speaker will be Dr. David Mathews, a native Alabamian, distinguished educator, and president of the Kettering Foundation. He will speak on the history of public education in Alabama. A special focus session later that day will feature Dr. Charles Wolfe, one of the premiere experts on the history of American popular music. This session will also give attendees an opportunity to participate in an “old time house dance.” On Saturday, humanities advisor, Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins, will explore her Alabama family in a lunchtime talk, “My Great Grandfathers’ Civil War.”

An additional eleven sessions will feature presentations on topics such as George Wallace, Indians of Southwest Alabama, early Mobile, profiles of Alabama artists, the Civil War, and Civil Rights. Other sessions will look at recent projects to study Alabama towns and examine topics for future research and publication. Optional pre-conference workshops on the Alabama Virtual Library and Integrating Alabama Music Into the Curriculum will also be offered.

Schedule of events and registration form

Contact: Debbie Pendleton

Updated: June 1, 2001