John Shelton Reed to give Humana lecture
RELEASED: January 10, 2002
DANVILLE, KYDistinguished professor and author Dr. John Shelton Reed Jr. will give the 2002 Centre College Humana Visiting Scholar Lecture on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Young Hall (room 101) on campus.
Dr. Reed is Kenan Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and his lecture topic is entitled, "The Banner That Wont Stay Furled: The Confederate Flag Controversy in Mississippi and Elsewhere."
Dr. Reed is currently teaching a course at Centre titled, "Defining the South." The course explores questions of regional identity and consciousness, regional stereotypes, representations of Southerners in the mass media, localism, attitudes toward violence, and religious behavior and belief.
Dr. Reed grew up in Kingsport, Tenn., completed his undergraduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University before going to Chapel Hill in 1969. He has written or edited more than a dozen books, including 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South, written with his wife, Dale Volberg Reed. His articles have appeared in professional and popular periodicals ranging from Science to Southern Living. He is a contributing writer for the Oxford American and a founding co-editor of the quarterly Southern Cultures.
Dr. Reed has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the National Humanities Center, and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has lectured at more than 200 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, and he has held visiting positions at many institutions, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London; and St. Antonys College, Oxford University.
Reed was appointed by President Reagan to the council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has received numerous prizes and awards, including election to the Fellowship of Southern Writers and honorary degrees from the University of the South and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Reed has served as a consultant to Southern Living, Quaker Grits, the Turner South cable network, AnythingSouthern.com, and the musical comedy Kudzu. He has been a judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and he is the only sociologist to be included in Roy Blount's Book of Southern Humor.
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