Dr. Gaines M. Foster, PhD, is speaking on "Change The Constitution? Church State Conflicts When the United States Became a Nation," on Monday, September 17, at 7:00 PM, at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. Gaines M. Foster became Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on January 1, 2011. A native of Louisiana who grew up in South Carolina, Foster first arrived at LSU in 1982, after having received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He rose through the faculty ranks and, since 2004, has held the T. Harry Williams Chair in American History. This position, named for one of LSU’s most famous professors, is one of only two professorships in the college named in honor of former faculty members who set high standards of excellence in their fields as well as in their classes. As Dean, Foster has continued to teach. In the fall, he teaches a graduate seminar on American Historiography and in the spring team-teaches a “Dean’s Seminar” for undergraduates, most recently on “Southern Identity in a Multi-Racial Age.” His scholarship has also focused on the history of the South, particularly in the years from the Civil War to World War II. Among his publications are Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause and the Emergence of the New South, 1865–1913, which analyzes the white South’s response to defeat and the way in which its memory of the Civil War shaped the modern South, and Moral Reconstruction: Christian Lobbyists and the Federal Legislation of Morality, 1865-1920, which explores Congressional battles over legislating morality and what they reveal about Americans’ conception of the state and, particularly, the role of religion in government. You won't want to miss his exciting presentation! The event is free and open to the public.