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CLASS Faculty Honored by Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council


CreativeMind_blueCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Science’s (CLASS) faculty members Jonathan M. Bryant, Ph.D., and Sue Moore, Ph.D., were honored at the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council’s (GHRAC) 14th Annual Archives Awards.

Bryant, Professor of History, received the Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of Archives for his award-winning book Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope (W. W. Norton, 2015).

Bryant’s book covers the case of the slave ship Antelope, her commandeering by a privateer, and the ensuing legal trial that reached the United States Supreme Court in 1825. The book is the fifth for Bryant and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History.

Moore, Professor Emerita in the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, along with the City of Savannah Research Library and Municipal Archives, the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Shinhoster Youth Leadership Institute received the Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records for “The Cluskey Embankment Stores Project, 2011-2016: Civic Engagement and Youth Leadership Development through History, Archaeology, Preservation, and Interpretation.”

The Cluskey project was a partnership between the City of Savannah, Georgia Southern University, and the Shinhoster Youth Leadership Institute and sought to explore and provide new understanding on the Cluskey Vaults. The project found more than 6,700 artifacts during excavation and presented its findings during a press conference with the Mayor Pro Tem of Savannah, Carol Bell.

GHRAC works to promote the educational use of Georgia’s documentary heritage and to support efforts to improve the condition of records statewide.  The Board is charged with advising the Chancellor and the Georgia Archives on records and policy issues.  For more information, please visit and click on Partners, then click on Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC).

Nominations for the 2017 Awards will be accepted beginning February 1, 2017, and they must be postmarked by June 1, 2017. More information is available from the Georgia Archives website.

The Georgia Archives is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and identifies, collects, manages, preserves, and publicizes records and information of Georgia and its people and assists state and local government agencies with their records management. This work is done within the framework of the USG’s mission to create a more highly educated Georgia.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is the largest of the eight colleges that make up Georgia Southern University, and it plays a central role in every student’s core of knowledge. CLASS, also described as the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations and the world. CLASS offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees and several interdisciplinary minors from its 11 departments and five academic centers. CLASS offers eight master’s degrees, two graduate certificates and one doctoral degree.  For more information, visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.


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