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The public is invited to the third annual presentation of the Bert Hitchcock Graduate Award in Southern Studies on Tuesday, April 25 at 3 p.m. at Pebble Hill. The 2017 recipient, Alex Colvin, will discuss "Lineage, Land, and Law: Biculturalism in the Creek Community on the Tensaw, 1783-1850."

The presentation focuses on the extended matrilineal family of Alexander McGillivray, a prominent Creek diplomat, as they formed the influential Creek community on the border of Creek Territory. It examines cultural changes within this community over three generations as they come into greater contact with the Spanish, British, and Americans in the nineteenth century.  

Alex Colvin is a Ph.D. candidate concentrating on early American history, with a focus on the history of Creek Indians. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Samford University and her Master of Arts from Auburn University. Her dissertation will focus on the extended matrilineal family of Alexander McGillivray, especially the women, and how they organized property and ultimately redefined their views of kinship, gender, and race within the context of the slaveholding South in the nineteenth century.  While at Auburn, she was a research assistant for a project sponsored by the National Park Service, which involved creating maps relating to land loss by Indian tribes through the removal era, and is currently serving as a content specialist for the Alabama Bicentennial Master Teacher Program. She has presented her research at the annual meeting for the American Society of Ethnohistory and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. She was the recipient of the Friends of the Alabama Archives Student Fellowship in 2014 and has twice won recognition from the Colonial Dames for outstanding research relating to colonial history. 

The Hitchcock Award is an official recognition by former students who wanted to acknowledge Hitchcock's excellence as a mentor and a scholar. The Award was organized by Regina Ammon and Kelly Gerald. Hitchcock retired from the Department of English in 2008 as Hargis Professor of American Literature.

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 Street, Auburn. The historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough house, known as Pebble Hill, will be open for tours from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities website