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Sept. 30, 2013

Dr. Jeffrey MeltonUA history professor, director to speak at BSC Oct. 3

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Jeffrey Melton, professor of American studies and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama, will lecture at Birmingham-Southern on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the library auditorium.

His visit and lecture, titled "Travel Writing: A Literary Perspective," is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. The event is free and open to the public.

Melton will talk about travel writing and tourism as a way to see the world.

"I hope my lecture will get students to open up about their travel experiences," he said. "I want them to consider the complexities of moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar; to consider expectations and reality; to consider the interaction between physical and emotional movement; the role of memory via narrative in shaping experience; and to consider modes of travel—from walking to trains to motorcycles."

Melton is the author of Mark Twain, Travel Books, and Tourism: The Tide of a Great Popular Movement (2002).

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.