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Folklore Scholar to Speak at Williams

9/19/2011

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An expert in the field of Ozark culture and folklore will present this year’s Vaughn Lecture in the Humanities at Williams Baptist College. Dr. Brooks Blevins will speak at WBC on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Blevins is the author of 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." Named an Outstanding Academic Title in 2010 by Choice Reviews, "Arkansas/Arkansaw" has received book awards from the Arkansas Historical Association, the Missouri Conference on History, and the Arkansas Library Association.

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.

Blevins is an Arkansas native, and he was raised on his family's farm in the Izard County community of Violet Hill. His father, Lindle, is a 1968 graduate of WBC.

The lecture will be held in WBC’s Mabee Student Center at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 13.

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