Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Prominent Historian to Deliver Lecture on Religion in The South November 4

Paul Harvey, Ph.D., will present the 2008 Lamar Memorial Lecture Series of Mercer University, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, on the University’s Macon campus. Harvey, a history professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will present lectures around the theme: “Moses, Jesus and the Trickster in the Evangelical South.” All lectures are free and open to the public.

Harvey will present a lecture titled “Religion, Race, and Southern Ideas of Freedom,” on Nov. 4 – to be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Medical School Auditorium.

In its 51 years, the Lamar Lecture Series has become one of the most prominent Lectures series on Southern Culture and History, and has included presentations by renowned historians, sociologists and literary scholars.

“Harvey continues this legacy of engaging Southern culture with an intriguing series of lectures that center on religious experiences in the American South,” said lecture series director Sarah Gardner, Ph.D., associate professor of History at Mercer. “Harvey is the first scholar to address the religious experience of the South since Sam Hill gave the lectures in 1979.”

Dr. Harvey is the author of two books, including: “Redeeming the South: Religious Cultures and Racial Identities Among Southern Baptists, 1865-1925” and “Freedom’s Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era.” Harvey has three books that are under contract to be published as well: “Jesus in Red, White and Black” (co-authored with Edward J. Blum), “A History of African American Religion,” and the book “Moses, Jesus and the Trickster in the Evangelical South” based on his Lamar Lectures.

Dr. Harvey has also edited several works, including: “Themes in Religion and American Culture,” “The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America since 1945” and “The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History.” Dr. Harvey has two editing projects underway: “Sources in Religion and American Culture and Religion, Race” and “American Ideas of Freedom: From the 17th Century to the Present.”

Dr. Harvey has published numerous papers, articles and book chapters in the areas of Southern history, culture and religion. He earned his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, 1992.

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