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New lecture series starts at BPC Sept. 19
MOUNT VERNON—Education is a vital enterprise, and it is often a great challenge to link the past to the present. The creation of a new lecture series at Brewton-Parker College this fall should prove to become a great asset to the college and surrounding community. It will provide lectures from and interaction with nationally-respected speakers and policy experts.
“Lectureships, such as the Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture Series, provide a vital link between the halls of academia and the world outside the campus,” said Dr. David Smith, president of Brewton-Parker College. “Our neighbors and our students will be mutually benefited by such events. I am grateful for the establishment of this lecture series, and I am truly blessed to count the family of Albert Sidney Johnson as personal friends.”
|Albert Sidney Johnson, prominent South Georgian and Brewton-Parker alumnus and faculty member.
The Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture Series is named for a prominent South Georgian and Brewton-Parker alumnus and faculty member. His son, Albert Sidney Johnson Jr., is a political science professor and vice president emeritus at the college.
Johnson was born February 2, 1898, in Ailey, Ga., the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. William Alexander Johnson. After graduating from Brewton-Parker Institute in 1917, he attended Mercer University, where he earned a bachelor of laws degree in 1922, and a bachelor of arts degree in 1926. He served as Brewton-Parker’s Athletic Director from January 1923 to 1925, and again from 1927 until 1934.
Johnson was also a teacher of history and political science at Brewton-Parker. He served two terms as a representative in the Georgia State Legislature, and was, at the time of his death, campaigning for a third term. Johnson was Chair of the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees in the House. He passed away in Augusta, Ga., on June 2, 1934, at the age of 36 from complications following an appendectomy, and was buried in the Johnson family cemetery in Longpond.
“We decided to inaugurate a lecture series that would allow us to reach out to our student body and local area by providing insight on the most pressing issues of our day,” said Dr. Lee Cheek, chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at Brewton-Parker. “All too often, we think of colleges as ‘ivory towers,’ removed from the reality of the world. This lecture series will demonstrate how central academics are to our everyday life, our faith and our roles as citizens.”
Dr. Cheek noted that the Johnson Lecture Series plans to present four lecturers during each academic year. The inaugural Johnson Lecture will take place Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in Saliba Chapel on the Mount Vernon campus. The internationally-syndicated columnist and scholar, Allan Brownfeld, will speak.
Brownfeld’s topic, “Can the U.S. Constitution Survive?”, is anticipated to celebrate the American constitutional tradition, while surveying the current threats to the constitutional order. Brownfeld has lectured at over 300 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and in a number of other countries. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science and a law degree from the College of William and Mary. He is the author of five books on topics related to American politics and is currently a writer for Jane’s Defense Weekly, the most respected authority for research in strategic studies.
Internationally-syndicated columnist and scholar, Allan Brownfeld, will be the inaugural speaker of the Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture Series at Brewton-Parker College, Tuesday, Sept. 19.
In addition to an extensive writing career, Mr. Brownfeld has been a consultant and staff aide to several members of Congress, and has served as a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate. He was also on the political science faculty of the University of Maryland, but chose to pursue a life defined by greater interaction with contemporary politics. In addition to his writing, Mr. Brownfeld is the Executive Director of the American Council for Judaism, a national organization founded over 50 years ago dedicated to the advancement of Judaism as a religion of universal and prophetic values, consonant with the ideals of a democratic society.
“Brownfeld’s insights will be appreciated by everyone who can attend the event. He is one of the wisest and most reflective commentators on politics I have ever encountered,” said Dr. Cheek.
The College also organized an advisory committee for the lecture series that will include former State Rep. Roger Byrd; Albert Sidney Johnson III, Commission for a New Georgia; Allen Rea, a senior political science major at Brewton-Parker College; and, Rev. Charles Strickland, Dr. Julie Tiu, Dr. Lee Cheek, and Dr. Albert Sidney Johnson Jr.—from the College’s faculty and staff.
The public is cordially invited to the first Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture Series event. Admission is free, and a reception will follow the lecture.