Professor Ritchie Watson
Retired Randolph-Macon College Professor Ritchie Watson Jr. will be the featured
speaker at the Hanover Tavern on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. Watson will discuss
his recent book, Normans and Saxons: Southern Race Mythology and the Intellectual
History of the American Civil War (Louisiana State University Press, 2008).
The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and it is free and open to the public.
In conjunction with the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Watson will
discuss the ways in which myth ultimately helped to convince Americans that regional
differences over the issues of slavery were manifestations of deeper and more profound
differences –differences that made civil war inevitable.
Watson joined the faculty of R-MC in 1970. In 1998, he was awarded the A. G. Ingram
Professorship in English. Additional honors
include the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award in 1992, the United
Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award in 1993 and the student-selected Thomas
Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1986 and 1992. He traveled to the former
Yugoslavia in 1989 as a Fulbright Scholar to teach American literature at Edvard
Kardelj University of Ljubljana.
Watson, who retired from R-MC in 2008, earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in English
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Watson is also the author
of The Cavalier in Virginia Fiction and Yeoman Verses Cavalier.
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