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History Professor Wins Award for New Book on Women Apparel Workers

Striking Beauties

History_IconDepartment of History and CLASS Faculty member Michelle Haberland’s, Ph.D., latest book Striking Beauties: Women Apparel Workers in the U.S. South, 1930–2000 (University of Georgia Press, 2015) was awarded the Southern Historical Association’s H. L. Mitchell Award.

The H. L. Mitchell Award is given for the best book published on the southern working class.

The H. L. Mitchell Award is given in recognition of a distinguished book concerning the history of the southern working class, including but not limited to industrial laborers and/or small farmers and agricultural laborers.

Her book examines the apparel industry’s impact on gender transformation and Southern economic development from its greatest expansion in the south in the 1930s to the demise of its southern branch at the end of the twentieth century.

Jessica Wilkerson, Ph.D. noted in her review for the journal Labor: Studies In Working Class History of the Americas that “Striking Beauties works well as an overview of the southern garment industry, as it traces the industry from expansion in the southern United States to its move to the global South. It also serves as a jumping-off point for scholars who want to delve more deeply into the labor policies, work and gender cultures, and business models of the apparel industry.”

Haberland is an Associate Professor of History at Georgia Southern University and previously served as the Director of Women’s & Gender Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University (2001) and joined the Department of History in 2002.


Dept. of Communication Arts Student Received Award to Travel to Conference


Georgia Southern University Department of Communication Arts student, Wade “WC” Hodges, was selected as the 2016 winner of the Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award.

The award will allow him to travel to the annual conference of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA).

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CURIO Call for Proposals


CreativeMind_blueThe CLASS Office for Undergraduate Research & Intellectual Opportunities (CURIO) is pleased to host an evening highlighting the best research and creative endeavors of the college’s students at the CURIO Symposium to be held on April 11, 2017. We welcome submissions from currently enrolled undergraduate students from all major and minor areas of study in CLASS. Projects completed during the Spring 2016, Summer 2016, and Fall 2016 semesters are welcome. Interdisciplinary projects from those semesters may also be submitted.

To apply for the Symposium, students should submit a 250-word abstract describing the scholarly or creative activity and the presentation, paper, performance, or poster that will be utilized to showcase the research or creative endeavor. The abstracts should explain how the project represents original student work. The application also requires the listing of a faculty mentor with whom the student worked with on the project. The faculty mentor should help students prepare to deliver their presentation by providing both advice and feedback on their material and physical presentation.

This year, faculty mentors may also submit an application on behalf of students who wish to participate in the Symposium. The abstract should describe the student’s research or creative endeavor in detail and explain how the project, paper, performance, or poster represents original student work. Please limit these to 250 words.

All projects should be submitted to

Fall applications will be accepted until November 1, 2016 (please note, you must be logged in to MyApps to access the application page).

Projects selected for the Symposium program will take the form of 10-15 minute presentations, readings, or performances. Students presenting posters will be allotted time to discuss their work. If selected to participate, students must be physically present at the Symposium to comment on their research, presentation, performance, or poster and to respond to questions from the audience. Selected papers, projects, performances, and posters need be in final draft format or ready to be performed by April 1, 2017.

Outstanding presentations, performances, and posters in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences, as determined by judges, will be recognized at the Symposium with a monetary award and a student profile on the CLASS website.

For any questions, please contact Dr. Bryan Lee Miller (

Lew Alquist Exhibition Opens Sept. 26 at Center for Art & Theatre

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Art_IconThe Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will present work by the late sculptor Lew Alquist from Sept. 26 – Oct. 28 in the Contemporary and University Galleries at the Center for Art and Theatre.

Alquist incorporated found objects, kinetic energy, sound, and scent into his work—provoking the senses to make the invisible more visible. His work primarily examines similarities, parallels, overlaps, and adjacencies between technological development and human evolution, but it also points to issues of political and industrial corruption as relevant today as when the work was created, in the 1970s-1990s.

“Discovering Alquist’s work has been a great surprise, like discovering a rich, dense novel that reveals crucial things you didn’t know you needed to know about,” said Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “Not as well-known as he should have been, Lew seems to have been something of an artist’s artist, known mainly to the cognoscenti. His work manages to touch on important political events of the time, while also offering intriguingly idiosyncratic (and often hilarious) new viewpoints from which to consider the art world of his era, ranging from postminimal materiality to art-as-technology and technology-as-art. With this exhibition we really hope to introduce Lew’s work to a larger, contemporary audience—not only is the work itself top-notch and provocative, but his statement that ‘Not everything is art, but everything is art supplies’ deserves to be right up there in the pantheon with any other profound phrase about art’s inherent potentials.”

A presentation on Alquist’s work will be given during an Artist Talk on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. in Visual Art Building, Room 2071. A reception will follow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Art & Theatre. All events are free and open to the public.

Alquist’s wife Jane Pleak, who taught ceramics at Georgia Southern for nearly 30 years, curated the exhibition.

In honor of Alquist, Pleak started a memorial fund to help the BFSDoArt bring visiting artists to the University to enhance student learning through workshops and lectures. To contribute, go to and choose “Make A Gift” from the right sidebar. Designate your gift by selecting “other” and typing “3694 Lewis Alquist Visiting Artist Fund” in the processing instructions.

CLASS Faculty Receives Awards at Convocation, CLASS Faculty Meeting

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CreativeMind_blueFaculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences received awards at the Georgia Southern University Convocation and the CLASS 2016 Fall Faculty Meeting prior to the start of the fall semester.

In the morning Convocation, Derek Larson and Christina Lemon, both from the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, were among six faculty members to received the 2016-2017 Georgia Southern University Awards for Excellence.

Larson was awarded the Excellence in Research/Creative Scholarly Activity Award for his research efforts in addition to fulfilling regular full-time teaching responsibilities. Lemon took home the Excellence in Service Award for providing assistance to the community and region.

At the CLASS Faculty Meeting, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology swept the awards. April M. Schueths was presented with the CLASS Award for Excellence while William L. Smith received the prestigious Ruffin Cup.

The CLASS Award of Excellence honors outstanding activity by faculty members early in their career. Open to full-time faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the award is presented to tenure-track or non-tenure faculty members who are in their first 10 years of college-level teaching and excel in teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and service.

The Ruffin Cup recognizes the highest achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. It is awarded annually to a teacher-scholar with at least 10 years of service to Georgia Southern University and who combines excellent teaching with outstanding contributions to the spirit of the liberal arts.