Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the Department of History Research Conference

Date: Friday, April 05, 2013
Time:  All Day Event
Location: Room 110 AIME Building

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Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the Department of History are sponsoring a one-day research conference commemorating the events of June 11, 1963 at The University of Alabama and considering integration and civil rights both in Alabama and in broad perspective. Leading scholars of the civil rights movement, along with graduate students doing exciting new work, will participate in the conference.

The morning panel, "Alabama and the Civil Rights Movement, 50 Years On," will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in AIME Room 110. Dr. Kari Frederickson, chair of UA's Department of History, will moderate. Panelists include B.J. Hollars, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Hasan Jeffries, Ohio State University; and Jason Sokol, University of New Hampshire. Joseph Crespino of Emory University will provide comments.

The afternoon panel, "Integration in the United States, Broadly Considered," will be held from 2-4 p.m. in AIME Room 110. Rob Riser of the University of West Alabama will moderate. Panelists include Dennis Deslippe, Frankin and Marshall College; Charles Martin, University of Texas-El Paso; and Joyce Baugh, University of Central Michigan. Francoise Hamlin of Brown University will provide comments.

Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, will deliver the keynote address at 5:15 p.m. in the Malone-Hood Plaza at Foster Auditorium. (Rain location will be Farrah Hall 120).

This research conference is part of "Through the Doors," a year-long series of activities and events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of UA in 1963 and honoring the courage and dedication of the two African American students who enrolled in the University on June 11, 1963 as well as the University's ongoing commitment to change over the past 50 years and to continued progress in the future.  For more information, visit

Contact Info: Josh Rothman, 205-348-3818,Website,

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