Hardin to deliver annual humanities lecture


James Hardin

Mississippi State's 2013 Humanities Teacher of the Year will speak Monday [Nov. 18] at a public campus program.

The presentation by James Hardin, associate professor of anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures at the university, begins at 3 p.m. in the Forum Room of Griffis Residence Hall.

An MSU alumnus who holds a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona, he said his address "will bring together archaeological, ethnographic, textual, and historical data to understand better a particular household in southern Judah in the 8th century BCE."

The free event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Hardin is a 1988 MSU anthropology graduate whose master's degree also was completed at Arizona. Since 1995, he has taught and completed research through the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, and departments of philosophy and religion and anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures.

Expressing delight and appreciation for being selected by the college for the humanities teacher award, Hardin added, "I cannot stress enough how unique and excellent are the opportunities here in the department of anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures and the Cobb Institute of Archaeology for both faculty and students to conduct interdisciplinary humanities research. We are very fortunate."

In addition to being invited to address the campus and local communities, the award winner also receives a $500 honorarium.

For more information on the event, contact Whitney Peterson at 662-325-2646 or wpeterson@deanas.msstate.edu.

Morgan Tubbs | Public Affairs

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