Centers & Special Programs

Centers and Special Programs

Endowed Professorships and Chairs


  • Leon Ford Family Endowed Chair for Regional Studies: Dr. Sam Hyde
  • Fay Warren Reimers Endowed Professorship in the Humanities Dr. Andrew Traver
  • C. Howard Nichols Endowed Professorship in History and Government Dr. Jeffrey Bell
  • Johnny Smith Endowed Professorship in Political Science Dr. Kurt Corbello




  • The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies preserves and promotes the history and culture of Louisiana’s Florida Parishes and surrounding areas through scholarly research, lectures, and publishing.
  • The Southeastern Social Science Research Center provides social science students with high quality research experience and skills, offers research services to local and regional communities, provides faculty with enhanced opportunities for research.


Special Programs


  • Fanfare is a month-long celebration of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities held annually in October and featuring the “Then and Now” Fanfare History and Politics Lecture Series.
  • Black History Month held in February features the Black History and Politics Lecture series.  A program of lectures, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances to celebrate the many contributions of African Americans.
  • Women’s History Month held in March features the Women’s History and Politics Lecture series. Women's History Month is sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Departments of English, History and Political Science, and Communication, the SGA, and the Center for Faculty Excellence. For more information, please contact Ms. Carole McAllister.
  • The Arts and Sciences Colloquium in April focuses on issues in the public interest that cross traditionally academic disciplinary lines.  The Matheny Lectures on Science and Religion in April features an inter-disciplinary dialogue between science and religion. The colloquium lectures are sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, St. Albert’s Student Center, the Presbyterian Campus ministry board, the Metanexus Institute of Religion and the Southeastern departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Communication, History and Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice. The Matheny Lecture series honors the late Tom Matheny, a Hammond attorney and 1954 Southeastern graduate. Matheny, who was named Southeastern Alumnus of the Year in 1981, had a long and distinguished record of service to the community and to his church, including serving for more than two decades as president of the worldwide Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church. He was also active in numerous civic organizations and as an advocate for the rights of the mentally ill. For more information, contact Matt Rossano at or (985) 549-5537.
  • The James H. Morrison Lecture on Politics and Government
    The lecture explores critical and topical themes pertaining to public policy. The event honors the late James H. “Jimmy” Morrison, the Hammond native who represented Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943-1967. Morrison died in 2000.
  • The Department currently administers a $1 million U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grant for improving the quality of Social Studies teachers in a fourteen-parish area. The grant is designed to provide teachers with high-quality American history content, improve student achievement in history, and help teachers meet certification standards in 14 southeast Louisiana school districts.
  • The Department hosts the Region VIII Social Studies Fair in March.
  • The Deep Delta Civil War Symposium in June is a nationally recognized event co-sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
  • Christwood Arts and Lectures Series given at the Christwood Retirement Community in Covington, La.