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CCCCD Hosts Scholar, Author And Southern Historian Dr. Edward L. Ayers

CCCCD Hosts Scholar, Author And Southern Historian Dr. Edward L. Ayers

February 6, 2004 - Collin County Community College District's (CCCCD) Honors Institute and Department of History host distinguished American scholar and award-winning historian and author Dr. Edward L. Ayers as he addresses "Slavery and the Civil War: Teaching the Tough Stuff," at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, February 12 in the Conference Center at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. This forum is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ayers is the Hugh P. Kelly professor of History and dean of the College and Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is an expert on Southern history, was named the Carnegie Foundation's 2003 University Professor of the Year and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A published author many times over, his most celebrated work is The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction (1992).

Dr. Ayers is the recipient of many professional awards including membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the James Harvey Robinson Prize from the American Historical Association, the E-Lincoln Prize for Best Digital Project for his digital archive the "Valley of the Shadow Project" and the prestigious Owsley Prize from the Southern Historical Association. Dr. Ayers holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Collin County Community College District serves close to 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. By offering intellectually stimulating learning opportunities, the Honors Institute attracts academically outstanding and highly motivated students who plan to transfer to universities after their studies at CCCCD.

For more information about the Honors Institute, call 972- 881-5803.