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Flagler Social Sciences Club hosts talk on Civil Rights Movement

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February 18, 2011

The Flagler College Social Sciences Club will host Dr. Larry Isaac when he presents a lecture from his research, "'Music City' as 'Movement City': The Special Place of Nashville in the Southern Civil Rights Movement," on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theater of the Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla Street.

Isaac teaches at Vanderbilt University and is this year's Distinguished Lecturer in Sociology.

Isaac's research examines the premise that "during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the 'music city' went through a transformation that made it [Nashville] one of the most important 'movement cities' in the Southern Civil Rights Movement."

"He has done extensive research on social movements and labor," said Dr. Casey Welch, assistant professor of sociology at Flagler. "His work on the Civil Rights Movement will connect with the history and ongoing struggles of St. Augustine."

Welch said that the newly formed Social Sciences Club applied for and received the Southern Sociological Society grant award that provides for the Distinguished Lecturer of the Year to speak at the college.

Welch also noted that he, along with two Flagler sociology students, Sarah Zambor and Kyle Jennette, co-authored the grant.

"This competitive grant enables the winning school to host the chosen Distinguished Lecturer of the Year," he said. "Dr. Isaac is a distinguished sociologist, and it's an honor to have him on our campus. It's exceptionally impressive that the newly formed Social Sciences Club here at Flagler won the grant to bring him to our college."

During his visit, Flagler students will take Isaac on a historical tour of Flagler College, and local historian David Nolan will escort him on a "Walking Civil Rights Tour" through Lincolnville.

This event is co-sponsored by the Flagler College Human Rights Advocates Club, and in addition to funding provided by the grant award, additional contributions were provided by Flagler College's Academic Affairs Office.

This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact Kyle Jennette at KJennette@flagler.edu, (352) 634-1848, or Dr. Casey Welch at (904) 819-6544, cwelch@flagler.edu. If you are in need of ADA accommodations, please contact Lyn Francisco at (904) 819-6460 or efrancisco@flagler.edu.