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Noted anthropologist to speak at Longwood on international influences on Southern identity

September 24, 2010

Dr. James L. Peacock Dr. James L. Peacock

Dr. James L. Peacock, a noted cultural identity expert, will discuss "Global Forces and the U.S. South: Identities and Prospects" on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in Longwood University's Hull Auditorium as part of the Simkins Lecture Series.

Peacock, the Kenan Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, has written or edited 16 books on subjects ranging from Protestantism in the American South to Islam in Indonesia. In his most recent publication, Grounded Capitalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World, he examines how the South, despite its longtime singularity and perception as tradition-bound, is embracing and has been shaped by international influences. The book discusses a variety of outcomes that include demographic and economic change, as well as the effect that globalism has on Southern identity and culture.

Peacock's presentation, which will be followed by a reception, will reflect his research in this area.

"The issues that Dr. Peacock addresses resonate in Farmville and the surrounding community," said Dr. John Miller, assistant professor of early American and Southern Literature at Longwood. "We are surrounded by sites representing major events in both Civil War and Civil Rights history, which are hallmarks of Southern culture, but the region is also being transformed by the South's links with the rest of the world. Dr. Peacock speaks to many of the issues that we subsequently confront in our awareness of ourselves and our community identity."

Peacock, a member of the UNC faculty since 1967, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a recipient of the Boaz Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology from the American Anthropological Association.

The Simkins Lecture Series honors Dr. Francis Butler Simkins, who taught history at Longwood from 1928 until his death in 1966. The series, established in 1979, officially seeks to "bring prominent scholars to Longwood so that the university and Farmville communities may be enriched by the work of outstanding innovators in the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, education and business."