Saturday, March 1, 2014

USM Professor to Speak on Civil War at ECCC Event (Smithsonian Exhibit)

News Release:

USM Professor to Present Local Civil War Info at ECCC Event

Dr. Max Grivno, professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, will present Workshop of the Confederacy: East Mississippi in the Civil War, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Dr. Grivno’s presentation will be held in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria and is one of several special programs scheduled in association with The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition utilizing photographs from the National Archives and Records.

Dr. Grivno teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American History at USM. He is a former instructor at the University of Maryland, where he received his PhD.

He is a recipient of several honors at USM, including the Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award (2011) and the Faculty Senate/University President Award for Junior Faculty Research (2010).

Dr. Grivno is the author of The Gleanings of Freedom: Free Labor and Slavery along the Mason-Dixon Line, 1790-1860.

He has also published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly publications and has received numerous fellowships and grants.

Dr. Grivno is currently working on Bandits, Klansmen, Rioters, and Strikers; Violence in the Mississippi Black Belt, 1830-1916.

He is a member of the American Historical Association, Labor and Working Class History Association, Mississippi Historical Society, Organization of American Historians and Southern Historical Association.

The Smithsonian exhibit was officially unveiled during a Grand Opening ceremony held Monday, Feb. 24.

The free exhibition will be open to the public and on display from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays through Friday, March 28, in the Gordon Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. (The exhibition will be closed from March 8 – 16 due to the Spring Break holiday but will reopen Monday, March 17.)

The Way We Worked explores how work has become a central element in American culture during the past 150 years through documenting the lives of ordinary American workers.

The exhibit is a part of the “Museum on Main Street” project, a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

Additional presentations and special events associated with The Way We Worked include the following:

· Workforce Appreciation Day – Reception and Guest Luncheon, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. The featured speaker is Dr. G. Wallace Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University in Starkville, who will discuss The Scope and Significance of the Poultry Industry in Mississippi.

· Ovid Vickers, retired ECCC English instructor and local historian/author who will present, Work in Literature, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.

· Senior Day – Exhibition is open to all visiting high school seniors during special activities planned Friday, March 28 and featuring former NFL coach and NBC’s Football Night in America commentator, Tony Dungy. Coach Dungy will provide remarks to the visiting seniors as part of the annual event.

For more information or to arrange a tour of the exhibit, please contact event coordinator/art instructor Chris Brady, at 601-635-6229 or, or Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction, 601-635-6202 or email