(March 26, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Race, Memory and Historical Responsibility Subject of Convocation April 16

Dr. Larry Griffin
Dr. Larry Griffin

Shreveport, La. — Attaway Fellow in Civic Culture Dr. Larry Griffin will present "Race, Memory and Historical Responsibility: What Do Southerners Do with a Difficult Past," Thursday, April 16 beginning at 11 a.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

As this year's Distinguished Lecturer for the Southern Sociological Society, Dr. Griffin will be giving one of only two public lectures at Centenary College, one of many institutions and cities that applied to host this internationally known and engaging speaker.

Professor Griffin is the John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Widely published in several fields, Professor Griffin has held Fellowships and Lectureships at the University of Georgia, the University of Notre Dame, and Stanford University. He has won several teaching awards, including the Madison A. Sarratt Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Vanderbilt. Dr. Griffin has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and the American Journal of Sociology. He is currently co-editor of Southern Cultures, published by UNC's Center for the Study of the American South. He also holds the Southern Sociological Society's prestigious and highly competitive Distinguished Lectureship Award for 2007-08.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Loren Demerath, Chair of the Sociology Department and associate professor of sociology at 318.869.5161.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in the Shreveport and Bossier City communities.