Dr. Brian Ward to speak at Portier Lecture Nov. 14

Tue, 01/30/2007 (All day)

Oct 24, 2006

MOBILE — Spring Hill College will host the annual Portier Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the college campus. Dr. Brian Ward, chair of American studies at the University of Manchester, will present “Get Back: The Beatles, Race, Religion and the American South.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ward received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge in 1995 and his B.A. in American Studies in 1984 from the University of East Anglia. From 1995-1996 he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Center for African and Afro-American Studies at the University of Virginia. After teaching at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Ward joined the University of Florida Department of History in 2000 and served as chair of the history department from 2003-2005. He was named University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year in 2003. 

Professor Ward’s main research interests are in the history of the modern American South, the post-war African American freedom struggle, and the history of popular music and the mass media in America and the Atlantic world. His award winning books include: “Radio and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South”; “Media, Culture, and the Modern African American Freedom Struggle”; “Just my Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations”; and “The Making of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement” (co-editor). 

For more information on the Portier Lecture, contact the Spring Hill College Division of Social Sciences at (251) 380-3050.