University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
October 22, 2010
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

Distinguished Professor to Speak at the USA N. Jack Stallworth Lecture Event

Dr. James Cobb
Dr. James Cobb

The University of South Alabama department of history presents the fourth annual N. Jack Stallworth Lecture featuring Dr. James Cobb to be held Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the USA campus. This lecture, “The New American: The South and the Nation Since World War II,” is free and open to the public.

Cobb, the B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Research Professor in the department of history at the University of Georgia, is the author and editor of some 13 books and has published important studies about the South, the history of the Mississippi Delta, and the evolution of Southern identity.

His widely acclaimed study, “The Most Southern Place on Earth; The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Southern Identity,” received the Owsley Prize of the Southern Historical Association and was a finalist for the 1992 Los Angeles Times book award. His subsequent work, “Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity,” received accolades from readers within and beyond the academic world.

In addition to serving as president of the Southern Historical Association, Cobb has lectured in this country and abroad. Cobb is currently completing a book, “The New America: The South and the Nation Since World War II.”

The lecture is named in honor of N. Jack Stallworth, a well-known Mobile businessman, who owned several business ventures and restaurants. Stallworth was a graduate of Castle Heights Military School in Tennessee and Louisiana State University with a degree in forestry. Stallworth was instrumental in founding America’s Junior Miss Competition, now renamed the Distinguished Young Women, the Mobile Chapter of the English Speaking Union, and the Camellia Ball. He was a leader of the Mobile Carnival Association and was best known as Mr. Mardi Gras.”

Stallworth’s love for Mobile, Southern life and history led him to establish and support the N. Jack Stallworth Lecture in Southern History through the USA department of history in the College of Arts and Sciences and the USA Foundation. He also funded two scholarships in memory of his parents Montgomery Carlton Stallworth and Minnie Lee Stallworth. Also, the Stallworth family home and contents were left to the USA Foundation to be used to enhance the teaching of Southern history and to support programs at USA.


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