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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of History and Political Science will celebrate Constitution Day, Wednesday, Sept. 18, with a lecture by Mark Fernandez of Loyola University of New Orleans.
A professor of history at Loyola, Fernandez will present "Woody Guthrie, 'Racey Hate,' and the Artist's Struggle for Civil Rights," at 1 p.m. in Southeastern's Student Union Theatre. The presentation is free and open to the public.
"We are delighted to have as this year's Constitution Day speaker Dr. Mark Fernandez, a distinguished constitutional scholar, an engaging and entertaining lecturer, and a longtime friend of many faculty in the Department of History and Political Science," said Bill Robison, head of the department. "His talk is sure to be both enlightening and fun!"
Fernandez is a native of New Orleans, who received his bachelor and masters degrees from the University of New Orleans and his doctorate degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He teaches courses in Early America, the South, the West, and the American Hero. The Loyola Student Alumni Association has twice recognized him for meritorious teaching.
He has published on topics ranging from the law in the antebellum South, including "A Law Unto Itself? Essays in New Louisiana Legal History," and "From Chaos to Continuity: The Evolution of Louisiana's Legal System," which won the Louisiana Literary Award from the Louisiana Library Association. Fernandez has also served as President of the Louisiana Historical Association and on the Board of the Tennessee Williams Festival.
The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and a generous group of citizens from Hammond. This year's lecture was organized by Ronald Traylor, Southeastern instructor of history.
For more information about the lecture, contact Robison at (985) 549-2109.