VC history professor presents at regional conference

Last month, Karen Hagan, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Victoria College, presented her paper "He is Much Improved: An Insider’s Look at General Bee" at the 28th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Hagan’s presentation was part of the “Secession and Civil War” segment of the conference and focused on the relationship between Confederate General Bernard Bee, Jr. and his father, Bernard Bee. Bee, Jr. was the first general officer to die in the civil war. His father held political office in the Republic of Texas and is the namesake of Bee County, Texas.

Originally, Hagan was asked to speak to the Daughters of the Texas Republic and completed the research and presentation about General Bee in response to their request. Later, she submitted the paper for the regional Gulf South History and Humanities conference.

“They offered the chance to speak, which led to the research, which eventually produced a piece of scholarship delivered at a regional conference,” said Hagan. “This is a true case of community college and community working together.”

The Gulf South Historical Association sponsors this annual conference, bringing together scholars from the Gulf regions of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana in order to encourage research about the gulf region.  The association also publishes a journal.

Along with VC’s own Dr. Hagan, professors from a wide array of schools including TCU, Sam Houston State, the University of Southern Mississippi, LSU, the University of New Orleans, Pensacola Jr. College, the University of West Florida, and Southeastern Louisiana University were invited to present papers.

by Katy Long, posted on Thursday, November 4, 2010

Published: Friday, 12 November 2010

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