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First ASJ lecture features nationally-respected political speaker
|Brewton-Parker College president Dr. David Smith speaks to guest lecturer Allan Brownfeld following Brownfeld’s discussion of the U.S. Constitution and presentation, “Can the U.S. Constitution Survive?” Sept. 19 at Saliba Chapel. The inaugural lecture of the Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture Series was deemed a success – with more than 200 students, faculty, staff and community members in attendance. (Photo by Nicole Mathis)
By Kelley M. Arnold
BPC Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—More than 200 people gathered at Brewton-Parker College’s Saliba Chapel Sept. 19 to hear nationally-respected political speaker Allan Brownfeld defend the U.S. Constitution at the inaugural lecture of the Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture series.
“Brownfeld defended the Constitution as a ‘bulwark of liberty’, and he used an amazing selection of writings from the Founders to augment his argument,” said Dr. Lee Cheek, chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “He was very successful in reaffirming the importance of the Constitution as a framework for American politics and society.”
|Allan Brownfeld, nationally-respected political speaker and author, presents the first lecture of BPC’s Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture Series. Brownfeld is the Executive Director of the American Council for Judaism. (Photo by Nicole Mathis)
Brownfeld 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. He has lectured at over 300 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and in a number of other countries. 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.
Dr. Cheek, who helped organize the lecture series, was proud of the community participation and looks forward to future lectures in the quarterly series.
“The inaugural lecture was a tremendous event! Given the importance of our topic, the nationally-respected lecturer, and the strong turnout, we are off to a great start – and our campus and local community are bound to be the beneficiaries of this new project,” Dr. Cheek added.
The Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture Series is named in honor of 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.
The next lecturer, Dr. Robert L. Paquette, will speak Jan. 23 on “Slavery, Political Correctness, and the Search for Truth” in Saliba Chapel. Dr. Paquette is Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He is a nationally-respected authority on slavery and American political history.
His book, Sugar Is Made with Blood: The Conspiracy of the La Escalera and the Conflict Between Empires Over Slavery in Cuba (1998), won the Elsa Govia Prize of the Association of Caribbean Historians. Dr. Paquette has co-edited an introduction to the evolution of slavery with Nobel Prize winner Robert Fogel, published by Oxford University Press, as well as many other books. He also recently founded the Alexander Hamilton Center at Hamilton College.