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 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.