McCardell to speak for Huntingdon's Stallworth Lecture
Montgomery, Ala.—Distinguished historian, vice-chancellor and president of The University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee) Dr. John M. McCardell Jr. will present the 2012 Stallworth Lecture at Huntingdon College, Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Flowers Hall, Ligon Chapel. In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Dr. McCardell will speak on the topic, "The Idea of a Southern Nation: 150 Years Later," re-examining the notion of the South as a separate nation—what it would have been like if it had formed; what it would be like now if the concept had endured; and how dynamics of Southern “otherness” continue to impact American society. The topic inspired his doctoral research at Harvard University and the subsequent book he authored. The lecture is free and open to the public.
John M. McCardell Jr. was elected as the 16th vice-chancellor and president of the University of the South effective July 1, 2010, and was formally installed in October 2010. He has challenged the university to examine its history and to seize the opportunities of the present in order to fulfill its vision of being a nationally prominent university located in the American South.
McCardell, president emeritus of Middlebury College, is a distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education. He possesses a record of achievement as a scholar of the American South, as the chief executive of one of America’s finest liberal arts colleges, and as a respected national figure in the public discussion about higher education and student life. He joined the history faculty at Middlebury in 1976 and held a number of administrative posts before being named president in 1992. A 1971 graduate of Washington and Lee University, he did his graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University and then at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in history. McCardell has received honorary degrees from Middlebury, from Washington and Lee University, and from St. Michael’s College.
He is the author of The Idea of a Southern Nation, developed from his Ph.D. dissertation, as well as many essays, chapters, articles, and book reviews. His specialty is U.S. history in the 19th century with special emphasis on the South and on American historiography.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools are, in most cases, more than twice the national averages.