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VC history professor presents at regional conference

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Nov. 6, 2010 at 6:06 a.m.


Last month, Karen Hagan, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Victoria College, presented her paper "He is Much Improved: An Insider's Look at General Bee" at the 28th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Mississippi.

Hagan's presentation focused on the relationship between Confederate General Bernard Bee Jr. and his father, Bernard Bee.

The son was the first general officer to die in the Civil War. His father held political office in the Republic of Texas and is the namesake of Bee County.

Hagan first completed the presentation in response to the Daughters of the Texas Republic. Later, she submitted the paper for the regional Gulf South History and Humanities conference.

"They offered the chance to speak, which led to the research, which eventually produced a piece of scholarship delivered at a regional conference," said Hagan. "This is a true case of community college and community working together."

The Gulf South Historical Association sponsors this annual conference, bringing together scholars from the Gulf regions of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana.

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