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Cobb to deliver 2015 Phinizy Lecture

Ferdinand Phinizy was a graduate of the UGA class of 1838. His grandson, Phinizy Calhoun, was a 1900 graduate of the university and established the Ferdinand Phinizy Lectureship. Previous lecturers include John Kenneth Galbraith, Dean Rusk, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, and most recently, Melissa Faye Greene. For the 2015 Phinizy Lecure, we add the name of James Cobb to that list of lumninaries:

One of UGA's most distinguished faculty members and authors, Cobb will receive the 2015 Woodward Franklin Award for Historical Writing from the Fellowship of Southern Writers at the Southern Lit Alliance's Celebration of Southern Literature in Chattanooga next month.

"Although Jim Cobb often focuses on the culture and history of the South, he is an astute commentator on the contemporary political and cultural scene, writing with verve, wit and a distinctive point of view," said Hugh Ruppersburg, University Professor of English and senior associate dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. "His tightly crafted prose and unwillingness to overlook fools and idle palaver make him a delight to read, whether in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, his personal blog (Cobbloviate) or his distinguished series of books and essays. He is one of the leading historians at work today."

Cobb's lecture, "Divided by a Common Past: Southerners and the Struggle to Control Their History," is at 11:30 a.m. on March 20 in the Chapel and open to the public. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the most distinguished scholars on this or any campus.


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