Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Bert Hitchcock Award in Southern Studies

Bert Hitchcock Award in Southern Studies

The public is invited to the inaugural presentation of the Bert Hitchcock Graduate Award in Southern Studies on Wednesday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The 2015 recipient, Lydia Ferguson, will discuss “Agency and the Aged Slave: Reality Versus Representation in 19th Century America.”

The Award in Bert Hitchcock’s name is an official recognition by former students who wanted to acknowledge Hitchcock’s excellence as a mentor and a scholar. The Award was organized by Regina Ammon and Kelly Gerald. Hitchcock retired from the Department of English in 2008 as Hargis Professor of American Literature.

Lydia Ferguson is a PhD candidate in the Auburn University English Department, where she researches 19th Century American Literature and Cultural Studies. She earned her BA in English from Ball State University and her MA in Literature from Clemson University. Her research focuses on performances and representations of cultural identity, and her dissertation examines the roles and representations of aged, elder(ly) slaves in the popular culture and literature of 19th Century America.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments.

Co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and Auburn University Libraries. For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit  

Last Updated: April 17, 2015