Moorer Auditorium, University of Mobile Campus (map)
The University of Mobile’s Hinson Lecture Series will examine Civil War journalism with author Ford Risley.

Risley, a professor at Penn State University, will discuss “Blue and Gray in Black and White” on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Moorer Auditorium on UMobile’s campus, 5735 College Pkwy. The free event includes the lecture, reception and book signing.

According to Dr. Lonnie Burnett, professor of history at UMobile and director of the Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series, Risley will examine the press in the American Civil War.

Risley received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and is the author of many scholarly articles and three books.

His most recent work, “Civil War Journalism,” has been described as “an extraordinarily well-written and insightful examination of the role of the Northern and Southern press during the nation’s most wrenching time of conflict.”

Risley has spoken at many conferences and appeared on panels across the nation. He is the past president of the American Journalism Historian Association.

Prior to his tenure at Penn State, he worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and was a freelance writer for the Dallas Morning News, New York Times, and several other publications.

The Billy G. Hinson Series was established by the University of Mobile College of Arts and Sciences to present academic programs dealing with southern historical topics. The series is named in honor of Dr. Billy Hinson, long-time history professor at UMobile.

For more information about the Hinson Lecture, contact Burnett at 251.442.2319 or

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222 or 800.WIN.RAMS.

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