Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-12-06

"Alabama in the 20th Century" will be the topic of an eight-part course offered in January through Samford University's Samford After Sundown community course series.

Alabama historian Dr. Wayne Flynt will host the course, which will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Jan. 3-26.

During the eight sessions, Flynt will explore the interaction of historical events and social structures of the past 100 years that have contributed to the state's uniqueness and continue to shape its future.

The series will follow the format of Flynt's most recent book, Alabama in the 20th Century, which will be used as the textbook. Each session will focus on a different topic and will include lecture, discussion and featured speakers.

Topics include the 1901 constitution, politics and the economy, society and education, women in Alabama, African Americans in Alabama, sports, religion and culture.

Guest speakers include persons who are actively engaged in each topic, such as Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform co-chairs Lenora Pate and Jim Bennett, who will speak at the Jan. 3 session on the state constitution.

Flynt, Distinguished University Professor of History at Auburn University, is the award-winning author/co-author of 11 books on Alabama history.

Registration is $79, not including the textbook. The class will meet in Brock Forum, located in Samford's Dwight Beeson Hall. 

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.