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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Orville Vernon Burton

Orville Vernon BurtonOrville Vernon Burton is Creativity Professor of Humanities and a professor of history, sociology, and computer science at Clemson University, where he directs the Clemson CyberInstitute. He is also is emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, University Scholar, a professor of history, African American studies, and sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is also a senior research scientist and emeritus associate director of humanities and social sciences at the National Center for Supercomputing Application, and where he was founding director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science. His research and teaching interests include the American South, especially race relations and community; the Civil War and the civil rights movement; and the intersection of humanities, social sciences, and technology.

Burton has written or edited numerous books including The Age of Lincoln (2007), In My Father's House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina (1985), and Penn Center: A History Preserved (2014). A past president of the Southern Historical Association and the Agricultural History Society, he is currently vice chair of the board of directors of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. Recognized for his outstanding teaching, Burton has been named U.S. Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and has also won the American Historical Association's Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Prize.

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