Spring Hill College’s annual Portier Lecture set for Nov. 8

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 2:45pm

MOBILE, Ala. – The Spring Hill College history department will present the 31st annual Portier Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Byrne Memorial Hall on campus.

Dr. Curtis Austin, associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi and director of the Young Scholars Program at The Ohio State University, is the speaker. His lecture is titled: “‘All Power to the People!’: The Black Panther Party and Revolution in America.”

Austin received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 1998.  He is the author of numerous articles on race and politics in the 20th century, as well as the critically acclaimed “Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party” (University of Arkansas Press, 2006), which will be available for purchase at a book signing immediately following the lecture.  

The Portier Lecture is named in honor of Michael Portier, the first bishop of Mobile, who founded Spring Hill College in 1830. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Ward at (251) 380-3060 or email: tward@shc.edu.