Dr. James Farrell to present Portier Lecture Oct. 20

Wed, 10/07/2009 (All day)

Oct. 7, 2009

MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. James Farrell, professor of history and director of American studies at St. Olaf College, will deliver the 29th annual Portier Lecture 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College. His topic is “The Nature of Our Lives: Environmental Histories of College Culture.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Spring Hill College’s environmental theme this year is reflected in Farrell’s lecture. He will focus on how our everyday lives are shaped by environmental histories that we often forget. He will include images of Spring Hill College in his lecture.

Farrell received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He is Boldt Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities at St. Olaf College. As an interdisciplinary scholar and teacher, Farrell teaches courses in history, American studies, and environmental studies. As a member of St. Olaf’s Sustainability Task Force, he is involved in the college’s green initiatives. Farrell is the author of “One Nation Under Goods: Malls and the Seductions of American Shopping.” Currently, he is working on a book titled “The Nature of College: Environmental Perspectives on College Culture.”

The Portier Lecture, the annual history lecture, is named in honor of Michael Portier, the first bishop of Mobile, who founded Spring Hill College in 1830. For more information, contact Dr. Patricia G. Harrison, professor of history, at harrison@shc.edu.