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BPC professor Cheek to be featured on PBS July 10th

The PBS show “History Detectives” will return in 2006 for its fourth season, with 11 exciting new episodes, including the one featuring Dr. Lee Cheek, professor of Political Science and Philosophy and chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at Brewton-Parker College.

The episode is scheduled to air Monday, July 10 at 9:00 p.m.

Dr. Lee Cheek (right), chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division and professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Brewton-Parker College, is interviewed by Dr. Gwen Wright, a professor at Columbia University and co-host for PBS' "History Detectives" for a segment on John C. Calhoun that will air July 10. The interview took place at a former plantation site in South Carolina, one burned by Union forces led by Gen. William T. Sherman during the Civil War. (Photo by Lincoln Farr, PBS)

The hosts of the program are a high-energy quartet of renowned figures in the world of historical investigations. Cheek was interviewed by one of the hosts, Dr. Gwen Wright, a professor of architecture, planning and preservation and professor of history at Columbia University in New York City.

The show in which Cheek is featured concerned the political thinking of John C. Calhoun, who was a member of the House (1811-17), secretary of war (1817-25), vice president (1825-32), Senator (1832-43, 1845-50) and secretary of state (1844-45). Cheek is an internationally respected expert on Calhoun and American political thought.

Cheek’s books include Political Philosophy and Cultural Renewal (Transaction/Rutgers, 2001, with Kathy B. Cheek); Calhoun and Popular Rule, published by the University of Missouri Press (2001; paper edition, 2004); Calhoun: Selected Speeches and Writings (Regnery, 2003); and Order and Legitimacy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2004).

He has also published numerous journal articles in publications like the Journal of Politics, Methodist History, International Social Science Review, and is a regular commentator on American politics. Cheek’s current research includes completing an intellectual biography of Francis Graham Wilson and a study of the American Founding.

He currently serves on the editorial board of Humanitas and The University Bookman, and has served as a Fellow of the Wilbur Foundation, the Center for Judicial Studies, and the Center for International Media Studies.

Cheek lives in Vidalia with his wife, Kathy B. Cheek, an accomplished teacher of dance and the owner of the Savannah Conservatory of Dance.


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