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The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hersey as the 2017 Breeden Eminent Scholar. The Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Chair was established in 1989 to provide support for both the academic and the outreach missions of the College of Liberal Arts. The chair is supported by an endowment from Daniel F. Breeden.

Mark Hersey is an associate professor of history at Mississippi State University. He is the author of "My Work Is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver." Hersey is a graduate of the University of Alabama and holds a Ph.D. in U.S. Environmental History from the University of Kansas. 

As the Breeden Scholar for 2017, Hersey will teach a class in the Department of History called “Landscape and Identity in the American South.” The class is cross listed with Africana Studies and Community and Civic Engagement. Hersey will host a symposium in March on “Landscape in the American South.”

The public is invited to a talk on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill. Hersey will discuss “The Landscape of Identity in the Heart of Dixie.” The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St., Auburn.

For more information about the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, go to www.auburn.edu/cah or call 844-4903.