Calhoun to Host Historian Wayne Flynt


Calhoun Community College’s History department will host noted historian Wayne Flynt for a free, public lecture and answer session on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, beginning at 6pm in room 109 of the college’s Health Sciences building, located on the Decatur campus.

Retired from  Auburn University’s History department, Flynt will lecture on Alabama’s Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee and her book, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  A personal friend of Lee’s, Flynt will be traveling to Chattanooga later in the week to attend the 2011 Fellowship of Southern Writers’ Conference where he will accept the prestigious Writers’ Award on Lee’s behalf.

An author in his own right, Flynt has written or co-authored 11 books, dealing with various topics including Florida politics, evangelical religion, poverty and broad surveys of Alabama history. Among his most noted and acclaimed works are the books, “Poor but Proud:  Alabama’s Poor Whites” and “Alabama in the Twentieth Century.” His books have been recognized by the Alabama Literary Association and with the Lillian Smith Award given by the Southern Regional Council, and two of his works were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Born in Mississippi, Flynt grew up primarily in Alabama.  He attended Samford University and received his Ph.D. in American History from Florida State University.  During his 40-year teaching career at Samford and Auburn, he won 18 teaching awards, including top teaching honors at Samford.

Flynt has been invited to lecture at universities across America as well as Cambridge University, the University of Sussex, Queens University (Northern Ireland), the University of Vienna, and a number of universities in India.  Active in a number of professional organizations, Flynt was founding general editor of the online Encyclopedia of Alabama, from which he retired in September 2008.


Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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