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Blevins Delivers Vaughn Lecture Tonight

10/10/2011

Dr. Brooks Blevins, a scholar and author in the field of Ozark culture, will speak Thursday night, Oct. 13, at Williams Baptist College. Blevins will deliver this year’s Vaughn Lecture in the Humanities at 7:00 p.m. in WBC’s Mabee Student Center.

A native of Izard County in the Arkansas Ozarks, Blevins has written five books, including "Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image" and the award-winning "Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol' Boys Defined a State."

An exhibit based on Blevins' research, "Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation," will be on display at Little Rock's Old State House Museum through the end of the year.

Blevins is the Noel Boyd Associate Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University. He received the B.A. in history from Lyon College and the M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from Auburn University.

The Vaughn Lecture is named for Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who endowed the lectureship in the late 1990s. The Vaughns, who now live in Jonesboro, were longtime residents of Delaplaine, and both spent their careers in the field of education.

The lecture is free of charge, and the public is invited.

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