Published on March 17, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
Alabama plow girl (near Eutaw, Alabama, 1933). Dorothea Lange, Library of Congress

Samford’s history department will host the Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural and Environmental History (SFARE) April 15–16, 2016. The annual conference is a production of the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science and the Environment of the South, based at Mississippi State University.

History professor Erin Mauldin, who has a special research interest in environmental history, is serving as the SFARE organizer and program committee chair. “This event will bring scholars from all over the country to our campus, and introduce our faculty and students to the cutting-edge research being done in the intersection of these fields,” Mauldin said. “Samford’s willingness to host demonstrates the university’s strong interest in fostering academic exchange, as well as its commitment to the core values of a liberal arts education.”

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.