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The public is invited to the first annual presentation of the Wayne Flynt Endowed Graduate Research Award in Alabama History and Culture on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill. The 2017 recipient, John Mohr, will discuss the impact of the auto industry on the cultural, political and social life of Alabama.

John Mohr is a doctoral candidate concentrating on the history of technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and German from Wittenberg University. His dissertation examines the linkages between the auto industry, technological utopianism, and political realignment in the American South in the late twentieth century. It seeks to understand the relationship between Southern society and foreign automakers, including Mercedes-Benz and Kia Motors.

The Wayne Flynt Endowed Graduate Research Award in Alabama History and Culture provides a stipend for a graduate student to research and publish on subjects that will enrich our knowledge of Alabama’s past and contribute to the teachings of Alabama history from fourth grade into university classes.

Wayne Flynt, professor emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University, is the author of 13 books, and is one of the most recognized and honored scholars of Southern history, politics and religion.

The event is free, open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the website.