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UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Southern Culture to Speak at Reinhardt on March 23, 2010

Dr. Theda Perdue, professor of southern culture, from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be speaking on March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Funk Heritage Center. She will speak about the Southeastern Indians during the time of the Jim Crow laws, and, presumably, how they were affected by them.

Perdue is the author and co-author of seven books including Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 (1998), which won the Julia Cherry Spruill Award for the best book in southern women's history and the James Mooney Prize for the best book in the anthropology of the South. More recently, she published "Mixed Blood" Indians: Racial Construction in the Early South (2003) and, with co-author Michael D. Green, The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast (2001) and The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears (2007).

She has held a number of fellowships including ones from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Newberry Library, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Perdue has served as president of the Southern Association for Women Historians (1985-86) and the American Society for Ethnohistory (2001).

For more information about Perdue's presentation, please contact Amy McGee, serials assistant, at 770-720-9120 or

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