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GRU Explains the Confederate Flag debate

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The South Carolina legislature convened Monday to debate proposals to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds.

Dr. John Hayes, an assistant professor of History at Georgia Regents University, teaches courses on the American South. In a new video, he discusses history’s role in the current controversy.

“The removal of the flag from Statehouse grounds in South Carolina would be symbolically very powerful,” Hayes said. “It’s a way of saying we’re coming to terms with a certain commemoration of the past that spoke for only half – maybe not even half – of the people of South Carolina and, as we confront that commemoration, this has no place going forward. Does that mean South Carolina has all of a sudden turned a corner and become a radically different state? By no means. But I think it’s an important small step in charting a better future, a future that includes all South Carolinians rather than only some.”

A rising scholar in Southern history, Hayes’ research focuses on religion in the late 19th and 20th century South. He has published chapters in edited collections, including Big River: Johnny Cash and the Currents of History; The Christ-Haunted South: Contextualizing Flannery O’Connor, and journal articles, such as The Evangelical Ethos and the Spirit of Capitalism; Recovering the Class-Conscious New South; From Christ-Haunted Region to Anomic Anyplace.

“Death Stalks Africa” Ebola panel set for Oct. 1

Augusta, Ga. – Death Stalks Africa is the title of a panel discussion on Ebola hosted by Georgia Regents University’s Center for Public Service and Political Science Club.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Coffeehouse, Summerville campus.

A question and answer session will follow the panel. Panelists include:

  • Dr. José Vasquez, Chief of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia
  • Dr. Angela Bratton, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
  • Dr. Augustine Hammond, Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science
  • Dr. Steven Weiss, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy

“Faculty from two GRU campuses are coming together to talk about the medicine, history, culture, and politics surrounding the Ebola crisis,” said Saundra J. Ribando, Director of the GRU Center for Public Service. “We’re planning for an engaging event for both students and members of the community who want to understand the current outbreak in context.”

Voter registration will also be available at the event.

Jaguar of the Week – Dr. Angela Bratton


Dr. Angela Bratton, Associate Professor in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy, is the Jaguar of the Week.

Bratton is an expert in her chosen field, a fact that is readily apparent to anyone who has ever had the pleasure of speaking with her about anthropology. She is also the author of the book An Anthropological Study of Factors Affecting the Construction of Sexuality in Ghana, in which she explores the concepts of gender, identity, and teenage pregnancy in Ghanaian high schools.  She also is a lover of knowledge, a professor who takes a great deal of satisfaction from sharing her passion for anthropology with her students.

Before joining Augusta State in 2005, Bratton taught at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for a year as a visiting assistant professor. Since coming to Augusta, she has traveled the world. In addition to her annual volunteer work in Belize, she also has spent time in Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand/Australia for study abroad trips and research. She has also traveled to Nigeria and Cameroon as part of the USG’s African Council Faculty Development Seminar.

While many people would consider their publications or work abroad their greatest accomplishments, Bratton feels like the work she does in the classroom is her biggest achievement. Explaining to students that every action has a potential global ripple effect is important to her, as it’s something many students–as well as others–often seem to forget.

“I think that a college education is about preparing people to be citizens in our community,” she said, making note of common student misconceptions about the importance of earning a degree. “Getting a job is part of that, but it’s not the only part.”

In the past year, she’s noticed that more and more students seem to lack the necessary drive to learn. For those students, Bratton has some sage advice.

“I’ve seen a trend where I have so many students who it seems their goal is to do the least amount to get by,” she said. “I would say if you’re going to sign up for a class, make the most of it. You’re going to get out what you put in.”

History, Anthropology, and Philosophy holds Student Research Conference

The Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy presents its 2nd Annual Student Research Conference on Friday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in Allgood Hall, room E-258 on the Summerville Campus.


SESSION I. 1-2 p.m.

Emily Calkins-Reed         The Jews in Spain

Joe Veihman                     Justifying the Extreme: The Motivation Behind Charles Lamar’s Slave Yacht Wanderer

Audrey Lewis                   (Supposedly) Wicked Women: The Development of the Role of the Voudou Priestess in Early New Orleans.


BREAK 2-2:15 p.m.

SESSION II. 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Emily Hardaway          Richard I’s Relationships with Other European Leaders

Bob Hester                       The origin of the “St. Helena Hymn”

Ryan McClay                  Military Veterans Reintegrating in Academia



Book co-authored by professor wins award

Ruth McCelland-Nugent, Associate Professor in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy, authored a chapter in the award winning book, Comic Books and the Cold War. This book received the 2012 Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association’s Ray and Pat Browne Award for The Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture.