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Helms scholar to give lecture at Wake Forest


February 5, 2008

William A. Link, Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida, will present a lecture titled “Jesse Helms and Modern Conservatism” at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in Room 102 at Wake Forest University’s Scales Fine Arts Center.

The event, sponsored by the department of history, is free and open to the public.

Link will discuss how the controversial former U.S. senator from North Carolina amassed power, influenced the rise of the political New Right and exported his conservative southern values into U.S. foreign policy.

From 4 to 5 p.m. prior to his talk, Link will sign copies of his new book, “Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism,” at the University Bookstore on the ground floor of Taylor Residence Hall.

Link is the author of numerous books and articles on American history, including “The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880 to 1930” and “Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia.”  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a doctorate from the University of Virginia.

For more information, call 758-5501.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


William A. Link, Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida.
William A. Link, Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida.
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