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April 16, 2001

Orville Vernon Burton, the 2000 Carnegie-CASE National Teacher of the Year for Research and Graduate Institutions, will speak at Coastal Carolina University on Monday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in Wall Building 308. The event is free and open to the public.

Burtons presentation, sponsored by the Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies, is titled The South as Other, the Southerner as Stranger.

Vernon Burton has already achieved an international reputation as a scholar of great distinction, said Charles Joyner, director of the Waccamaw Center. Joyner adds that Burtons presentation will serve as a crash course on Southernness.

Burton, a native of Ninety-Six, S.C., is professor of history and sociology at the University of Illinois and a senior research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications. This semester he is the Mark Clark visiting professor of history at The Citadel.

Burton is the author of In My Fathers House Are Many Mansions and his recent Civil War study, A Gentleman and an Officer. He is working on an interpretive study of the Civil War and Reconstruction for publication by Princeton University Press.

A graduate of Furman University, Burton earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the National Humanities Center and has lectured at the College de France and the University of Cambridge.

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