Published on August 20, 2014 by Sean Flynt  

Samford University history professor Jim Brown will draw on decades of teaching memories and research for a discussion of his new book, FairyTales, Patriotism and the Nation-State: The Rise of the Modern West and the Response of the World, homecoming Saturday, Nov. 1.

The book, written primarily for college students, introduces readers to modern world history by blending history, folkways, geography and modern technology.

Brown said the project originated in his earliest teaching assignments at Samford and evolved through interaction with students, travel-study courses he taught with biologist colleagues and his involvement in what would become the university’s modern core curriculum. “Looking at it from this end of the process,” Brown said, “it’s clear that the book mostly grew out of a dialogue with Samford history students over the past forty-some years.”

Brown’s presentation will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, in Christenberry Planeterium, a venue chosen to make best use of the projected Google Earth maps Brown developed for his book.

Seating in Christenberry Planetarium is limited to 94, so be sure to arrive early enough to secure a place!


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.