Troy University’s McPherson-Mitchell lecture set for Feb. 4

Posted: Monday, 28 January 2008

TROY- The Troy University Department of History and the University’s Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta will host the fifth annual McPherson-Mitchell lecture in Southern History at 5 p.m. on Feb. 4 in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The speaker for the lecture is Professor Stephanie Yuhl, associate professor of history at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her lecture is entitled “Memory Matters: Personal and Public Heritage in Charleston.”

Dr. Timothy Buckner, assistant professor at Troy University said that the lecture will be about the role that women have played in Charleston, SC.

“Women in the 1920s and 1930s in Charleston changed the presentation history,” said Buckner.

Yuhl, a member of the College of the Holy Cross faculty since 2000, specializes in 20th-century United States cultural and social history, public history, the history of the south, and American women.

She is the author of “‘Rich and Tender Remembering:’ Elite White Women and an Aesthetic Sense of Place in Charleston, 1920s and 1930s” in Where These Memories Grow: History, Memory, and Southern Identity and “The Legend is Truer than the Fact: The Politics of Representation in the Career of Elizabeth O'Neill Verner” for Perspectives on the Charleston Renaissance. Her book, Golden Haze of Memory: History and the Making of Civic Identity in Charleston, South Carolina, 1920-1940 was published in 2005.

Yuhl earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Georgetown University. Before joining the Holy Cross faculty, she taught for two years at Christ College at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

The McPherson-Mitchell lecture series is held in honor of Norma Mitchell and Milton McPherson, retired Troy University history professors who together gave 50 years of service to the university.

The lecture is open to the public and is free of charge.