Cherry Professor to Discuss the New South Sept. 28

Sept. 23, 1999

Rice University history professor John B. Boles, the recipient of the 1999-2000 Robert Foster Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching, will deliver a public lecture on "The New Old South" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Meadows Recital Hall in the McCrary Music Building on the Baylor University campus.

Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History, is a Rice alumnus and earned his doctorate from the University of Virginia. A renowned expert on United States Southern history, especially as it relates to antebellum social, cultural, religious, women's and black history, he is the author of The Great Revival, 1787-1805: The Origins of the Southern Evangelical Mind; Black Southerners, 1619-1869; and The South Through Time: A History of an American Region. He also serves as managing editor of the Journal of Southern History.

Robert Foster Cherry graduated from Baylor in 1929 and entered the Baylor Law School in 1932, passing the state bar exam the following year. Before his death, he established the Cherry Award for Great Teachers and the Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching, which are awarded in alternating years, to honor great teachers. Recipients of the Cherry Chair have demonstrated extraordinary teaching abilities and a record of positive, inspiring and long-lasting effects on students. The recipients also are required to be scholars with national and international achievements.

As the recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching, Boles received an award of $100,000 and will return to teach in residence during the spring semester.

For more information, contact the Robert Foster Cherry Award office at 710-2923.

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