Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Presentation of Bert Hitchcock Award in Southern Studies

Presentation of Bert Hitchcock Award in Southern Studies

The public is invited to the second annual presentation of the Bert Hitchcock Graduate Award in Southern Studies on Thursday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. at Pebble Hill. The 2016 recipient, Matthew Sparacio, will discuss “The Choctaw Civil War and the Southern Frontier.”

The Hitchcock Award 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 Drs. Regina Ammon and Kelly Gerald. Hitchcock retired from the Department of English in 2008 as Hargis Professor of American Literature.

Matthew Sparacio is a PhD student concentrating on early American history. His minor fields include modern American and Early Modern European history. Matthew earned a BA and MA from Virginia Tech. He is currently working with Dr. Kathryn Braund and researching the Choctaw Indians in the mid-eighteenth century and dynamism of the southern frontier before the Seven Years' War. He was recently awarded a Robert L. Middlekauff Fellowship with the Huntington Library to aid his dissertation research. Matthew has presented research at the Southern Conference of British Studies, the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, as well as at graduate conferences hosted by Central Michigan University and Florida State University.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn. The historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough house, known as Pebble Hill, will be open for tours from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit www.auburn.edu/cah

Last Updated: April 14, 2016