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Editor, Civil War historian presents at Marszalek lecture series Wednesday


MSU University Relations



A retired Kansas history professor and former editor of the academic journal Civil War History will speak March 26 at Mississippi State. 


John T. Hubbell, also director emeritus of the Kent State University Press, is this year's guest for the university's annual John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Lecture Series. Free and open to all, the program begins at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's John Grisham Room.  


Also speaking will be MSU history graduate student Karen Senaga, winner of the 2014 Marszalek Graduate Student Award. 


Now in its 13th year, the Marszalek Lecture Series is sponsored by Mississippi State University Libraries. 


"Fidelity to the Record: Thirty-five Years an Editor" is the title of Hubbell's address. He will be introduced by Leila Salisbury, director of the Jackson-based University Press of Mississippi. 


Senaga will present her winning essay, titled "Labor Plantations, Memory, and Race in the Mississippi Delta Catfish Industry, 1990." A 2011 MSU master's degree graduate in history, she will be introduced by Lori Bruce, dean of the Graduate School. 


An Oklahoma native and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Hubbell is a doctoral graduate of University of Illinois who has specialized in the Civil War, Reconstruction and U.S. military history. He also holds bachelor's and master's degrees, respectively, from Northeastern State College and the University of Oklahoma. 


He was a Kent State history professor from 1968 until his retirement in 2001. Over his academic career, he was honored with the university's Distinguished Teaching Award and the James P. Barry Award for Editorial Excellence from the Ohioana Library Association. He also won 59 awards for books and journals and had 10 books named History Book Club selections.  


In addition to directing the KSU Press for 16 years, he edited Civil War History for more than 30 years and helped it achieve recognition as the standard journal for the Civil War era. 


John Marszalek is an MSU Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus and award-winning biographer. He has been executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and Presidential Library since its arrival at MSU in 2008. Jeanne Marszalek is a retired teacher and long-time leader in community race relations who served for a decade as chair of the Oktibbeha County Democratic Executive Committee. 


The Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series were established in 2002 by the Starkville couple and MSU Libraries to encourage use of primary source materials related to American history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Jacksonian America, and race relations.  


The series includes papers presented by graduate students and a lecture by an established historian of national reputation. The library fund is used annually to purchase primary source materials for the library. 


For more information on the Marszalek Lecture Series, visit



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