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.”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized 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 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.