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Event Description

Lincoln Memorial University was proud to host the 21st Annual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference March 14-15, 2014. The conference invited undergraduate students from institutions throughout the Southern Appalachian region to present their research projects in a high-quality, low-pressure forum at minimal cost.

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Dr. Earl J. Hess completed his B.A. and M.A. degrees in History at Southeast Missouri State University. His Ph.D. in American Studies, with a concentration in History, was awarded by Purdue University in 1986. He has taught at a number of institutions, including the University of Georgia, Texas Tech University, and the University of Arkansas. Since 1989, he has been at Lincoln Memorial University, where he holds the Stewart W. McClelland Chair. Dr. Hess has published nearly twenty books, more than twenty articles, and over 100 book reviews. He is widely recognized as a leading scholar and author on Civil War history. Among his recent Civil War publications are Kennesaw Mountain—Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign, University of North Carolina Press, 2013, The Knoxville Campaign—Burnside and Longstreet in East Tennessee, University of Tennessee Press, 2012, The Civil War in the West—Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi, University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Dr. Hess has also co-authored, with his wife Dr. Pratibha Dabholkar, Singin’ in the Rain—The Making of an American Masterpiece, University Press of Kansas, 2009 and The Pirate—Kelly, Minnelli, and Garland at Work, University of Missouri Press, forthcoming. For more information about Dr. Hess’ work, go to http://www.love-and-learning.info.


The 2014 conference took place on March 14-15. All conference sessions will took place in the Math and Science building on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

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