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12 Talk: AUM highlights Southern culture

From Julia Sugarbaker to Southern vampires, there is something to interest all audiences at Auburn University at Montgomery's upcoming Southern Studies Conference on Feb. 18 and 19.

The program will offer a variety of perspectives on Southern culture, covering the areas of literature, history, art, sociology, archaeology and communications. The following events will take place in room 109 Goodwyn Hall and are free and open to the public:

Feb. 18

10 a.m. "To the Interior: The Transformative Art of Doug Baulos," presented by Michele Forman, University of Alabama at Birmingham

4:30 p.m. "The Southern Voice in Contemporary Poetry and Fiction," presented by Robert Ray Morgan, Cornell University

7:30 p.m. "Music of the South: A Selection of Spirituals and Music by Southern Composers," with soprano vocalist Pamela-Teresa Burns and pianist Joel Jones

Feb. 19

10:45 a.m. "What Happened to Henry Clay? President-elect Abraham Lincoln and the Secession Crisis," presented by William J. Cooper, Louisiana State University

2:45 p.m. "Southern Showcase," presented by Theatre AUM

Those who register for the full conference program will also enjoy a number of special receptions and performances not open to the general public, including sessions on a variety of topics including:

· Southern Women in the Civil War

· Southern Newspapers

· Destruction, Healing and Artistic Re-visioning in the Old South

· Contemporary Art In and Of the South

· Children and Race in the American South

· A Diachronic Outlook to Southern Culture: Households, Schools, Cannibalism and the Search for the Sacred

· Pop Culture, Southern Style

· Exploring Identity and the Body in Dorothy Allison and Flannery O'Connor

· Pedagogy of Argument in Southern Composition

· Race, Violence and the Law in the Post-Civil War South

· Issues in Southern Higher Education

· African-American Culture on the Coasts of Georgia and South Carolina

· Reverberations of the Civil War in Art

· Perceptions of the Other: Southern Culture and Vampires

· Regionalism, Identity and Local Flavor in the Deep South

· From a Southern Mindset to a Rebel Mindset

· Southern Art Before 1861

· Old and New Orders in Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty

For more information or to register, visit www.aum.edu/aumlac. The conference is sponsored by the AUM School of Liberal Arts and by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

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