Now in its seventh year, the AUM Liberal Arts Conference continues to center its theme on the American South. Registrants
to the conference will be able to enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels over the course of two days on topics spanning the
fields of anthropology, geography, art history, American history, American literature and theater, music history,
communication studies, mass communication, and sociology. The conference also will host two distinguished speakers, offer a
reading session of poetry and prose from local writers, and display a gallery exhibition.
Keynote Speaker for Friday, 6 February: Thomas Hallock, Associate Professor of English, University of South
Florida (St. Petersburg). Hallock is a leading scholar in the combined realm of literature and the environment. He is the
From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics, and the Roots of a National Pastoral, 1749-1826
(University of North Carolina Press, 2003) and the co-editor of
William Bartram, The Search for Nature's Design: Selected Art, Letters, and Unpublished Writings (Wormsloe
Foundation, 2010). The title of his conference presentation is "Starting from Ebo Landing: Southern Places and the
Keynote Speaker for Saturday, 7 February: Stephen V. Ash, Professor of History, University of Tennessee
(Knoxville). Ash is one of the country's foremost authorities on the socio-cultural aspects of the American Civil War.
Among his many publications are
When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865 (University of North Carolina Press,
A Year in the South: Four Lives in 1865 (Palgrave, 2002), and
Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments that Changed the Course of the Civil War (W. W. Norton,
2008). The title of his conference presentation is "1865 as End and Beginning."
Artist for the Conference: José Galvez, freelance photographer from North Carolina. The former senior photo editor for the Americanos Project, Galvez is an internationally renowned photographer of Latino life in the United States, having covered that topic for over forty years. In 1984, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his photo journalism with the Los Angeles Times. He is the co-author of Beloved Land: An Oral History of Mexican-Americans in Southern Arizona (University of Arizona Press, 2004). His gallery for the conference uses black and white photographs to explore the life and culture of Latinos in the American South. This exhibition is titled "Aquí Estamos, Here We Are."
Open Call for Papers and Panels: AUMLAC 2015 is now accepting paper and panel proposals on any liberal arts topic related to the American South. Please submit 250-word abstracts and one-page CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for all proposals is October 15, 2014.
For information on the last AUMLAC, please go to the following site: AUMLAC 2014.
Special conference rates for hotel accommodations are forthcoming.