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Inscoe receives awards for books published by UGA Press

John Inscoe received the Malcolm Bell Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award for Writing the South Through the Self

Athens, Ga. – John C. Inscoe, the Albert W. Saye Professor and University Professor of History at the University of Georgia, has received awards for two separate books, both of which were published by the UGA Press in association with the Georgia Humanities Council.

Inscoe received the Georgia Historical Society’s 2012 Malcolm Bell Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award for the best book in Georgia history for Writing the South through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography. Drawing on two decades of teaching a college-level course on southern history as viewed through autobiography and memoir, Inscoe explores the southern experience as reflected in the life stories of those who lived it.

The society announced the award at its 173rd annual meeting held in late spring at its statewide headquarters in Savannah.

“The Georgia Historical Society is pleased to recognize this outstanding book,” said W. Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “The University of Georgia Press has a stellar reputation as a publisher of history. Along with author John Inscoe and co-publisher the Georgia Humanities Council, UGA Press is to be commended for yet again producing top-flight scholarship that engages the public in exploring our state’s and region’s past.”

“The Press’s longstanding relationship with the Georgia Humanities Council has always yielded important projects that benefit teachers, students and citizens of the state and beyond,” said Lisa Bayer, director of UGA Press. “Along with the council, we are honored to receive the Bell Award for John Inscoe’s latest contribution to Georgia letters.”

The American Association for State and Local History recognized The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion with the national Leadership in History Award of Merit presented for excellence in history programs and projects. Inscoe selected articles from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, of which he is general editor, for use in The Civil War in Georgia. This book also was published in association with the University System of Georgia/GALILEO or Georgia Library Learning Online initiative.

Inscoe will receive his award in October at the 67th AASLH Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.

“We are so pleased that The Civil War in Georgia has received this national recognition from AASLH,” said Jamil Zainaldin, president of the Georgia Humanities Council. “We are grateful to John Inscoe and the New Georgia Encyclopedia staff for their excellent work as they continue to establish new models for digital and traditional publishing.”

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Founded in 1938, the UGA Press is the largest book publisher in the state. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 24 publishing professionals, the Press currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has more than 1,500 titles in print. It has well-established lists in Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African-American studies, southern studies and environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the fields of geography, urban studies, international affairs and security studies.
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