|Foremost sociologist on Southern culture
helps students define the South
Course featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader
RELEASED: Jan. 15, 2004
DANVILLE, KYJohn Shelton Reed, Humana Visiting Professor at Centre this term, knows a thing or two about Southern culture. He's sharing his knowledge with the students in his CentreTerm course "Defining the South."
Kenan Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Reed is considered the leading sociologist on Southern life and culture.
His 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 beliefs. It also looks at race relations and voting tendencies.
The Lexington Herald-Leader recently featured Reed and his "Defining the South" course. To see the article, go to http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/7683154.htm.
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 joining the Chapel Hill faculty 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.
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.
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