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Arkansas State University Historians Book Take/Sign

09/4/2018, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Location: Dean B. Ellis Library
Room: Exhibit Area/3rd Floor



JONESBORO — Editors Cherisse Jones-Branch, Ph.D and Gary Edwards , Ph.D will hold a book signing and discussion to commemorate the history of women from Arkansas detailed in their book, Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times. The event is being held to discuss the process of producing an edited collection here at Arkansas State University. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Ph.D ., is the James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History and Director of the ASTATE Digital Press at Arkansas State University- Jonesboro. She teaches courses in U.S., Women's, Civil Rights, Rural, African American History, and Heritage Studies. Dr. Jones-Branch received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the College of Charleston, South Carolina, and a doctorate in History from The Ohio State University, Columbus. She has been teaching at Arkansas State University since 2003. Dr. Jones-Branch is the author of numerous articles on women’s Civil Rights activism. In 2014, she published Crossing the Line: Women and Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II, with the University Press of Florida and is the co-editor of Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2018. She is completing a second monograph, Better Living By Their Own Bootstraps: Rural Black Women’s Activism in Arkansas, which is under contract with the University of Arkansas Press. Gary Edwards, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of History at Arkansas State University where he teaches courses on the American South, Arkansas, Civil War, and Early American Republic. Edwards was a Fulbright Fellow (2009-’10) and Guest Professor of History at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin. In 2012 he was a local Humanities Scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities outreach program Making Sense of the Civil War. Author of over a dozen journal articles and book chapters, Edwards is co-editor of Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2018) and is currently writing a book, Imagining the Common Folk: Yeomen on the Cotton Frontier of Western Tennessee, 1819-1865. A native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Dr. Edwards has enjoyed diverse life experiences which have enhanced his passion for education and scholarship. As a student he completed summer apprenticeships in Cokedale, Colorado and Eldoret, Kenya. He has served as a docent at the Mississippi River Museum and as Associate Editor of The Southern Historian (University of Alabama). In private life he has volunteered his time in The Apache Nation, Mexico, and Zambia. During a brief respite from academia, he spent time working in the "real world" in Chicago where he married his wife, Michelle. They have one daughter, Cacie (Kay-see). Cherisse Jones-Branch, Ph.D and Gary Edwards, Ph.D, Associate Professor will discuss their book, Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times on Tuesday September 4, 2018 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on the third floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library. There will be time for questions and answers following the discussion. “Please join us to hear more about the women from Arkansas. The Dean B. Ellis Library is hosting the event and the A-State Office of Diversity and Community Engagement will sponsor refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click the following link https://libguides.astate.edu/ld.php?content_id=43743649, contact Sherry Eskridge, Outreach Librarian at seskridge@astate.edu or by phone 870-972-3577.