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History on the Cheap

Jamie McKown Offers Genealogical Workshop
Saturday, October 8, 2011 - McCormick Lecture Hall

Jamie McKownJamie McKown, College of the Atlantic's Wiggins Chair in Government and Polity, will host an instructive workshop on genealogical and historical research, "History on the Cheap," on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop will be held in the college's McCormick Lecture Hall, at the north end of campus.

Using the examples of McKown's recent project to recover the works of influential women's suffrage activist, Adelle Hazlett, as well as his research on Abraham Lincoln's use of conspiracy rhetoric, McKown will highlight the wide variety of publicly accessible, free research sites that exist for both professional and part-time researchers.

He will also be revealing some pointers on how to maximize search options in order to find these well-hidden informational gems.

McKown holds a BA in political science from Emory University, an MA in political communication from Georgia State University, and a PhD in rhetoric from Northwestern University. For a number of years he coached the Emory University debate team. In addition to his academic work, McKown has extensive experience working on various electoral campaigns. He regularly serves as a judge for the American Association of Political Consultants annual Pollie Awards and has worked with various media organizations both as a political commentator and as a producer/adviser for televised political debates.

The workshop is part of COA's family and alumni weekend celebrations, but is open to the public at no charge. For more information on this free workshop, on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., contact Dianne Clendaniel at or 207-801-5624.

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