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February 2010

In this issue:
I. The British Scholar Annual Conference is just one month away
II.
The 2010 British Scholar Conference Program has been updated
III.
Conference Hotel Room Block only open until 11 March
IV. Book of the Month – February 2010
V. Featured Scholar – February 2010

I. The British Scholar Annual Conference is just one month away

The British Scholar Annual Conference is now less than 4 weeks away. As we finalize our preparations, we encourage you to register for the conference if you have not yet done so. The conference will feature a keynote address by Professor T. M. Devine from the University of Edinburgh which asks the question “Did Slavery make Scotland great?” and Professor Frank Turner from Yale University will deliver the Conference Opening Lecture entitled “Religious Paths to Unbelief in the Nineteenth Century.” In addition, the Conference Dinner Party will feature the world’s best Texas BBQ from the famous Salt Lick Restaurant as well as a variety of Mexican favorites including enchiladas, guacamole, tacos, and homemade mole sauce. We are also planning to have a live Mariachi band. These three combinations should provide everyone with a sense of the culinary and musical delights that the Southwest has to offer. On Saturday evening we are planning excursions to the heart of the city where great food, fantastic bars, and the best live music in the world await. And we are also expecting good weather to help everyone break out of one of the worst winters in recorded history. We are greatly looking forward to welcoming you all to Austin!

II. The 2010 British Scholar Conference Program has been updated

The conference program for the upcoming British Scholar Annual Conference may be found by visiting www.britishscholar.org/conference2010.html. We have updated the program and a few panels have been moved to different times and rooms, although none of them have changed days. The conference program will be finalized on 7 March, when an announcement will be sent out to all registered participants. If you have any questions about the conference program please do not hesitate to contact us at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)  .

III. Conference Hotel Room Block only open until 11 March

Don’t forget to book your room at the conference hotel. Our room block will expire on 11 March and given that there is another conference occurring in the hotel on the same weekend as British Scholar it may not be possible to reserve a room after 11 March.

Also, there are two ways to book a room at the AT&T Conference Center and Hotel. You may book your room by calling the hotel directly at 1-877-744-8822 or 1-512-404-3600. When making a reservation please be sure to let them know that you are calling for the British Scholar Conference rate. In addition, you may also use their online system. In order to book a room for the conference online, please visit www.meetattexas.com. Select your dates in the upper left-hand corner of the homepage. That will take you to a booking page. Under step 1 you are given the opportunity to enter a booking code. The booking code for the conference is BRITIS0310 (those are zeros, not the letter “O”). Once you’ve entered the booking code, hit enter and the changes should take effect so that the price of the available rooms lowers to $159 per night. Please let us know if you experience any problems with booking your room at the AT&T Conference Center and Hotel.

IV. Book of the Month
Making History, Now and Then, by David Cannadine, serves as the February 2010 British Scholar Book of the Month. We invite you to read the review by clicking on the cover above.
V. Featured Scholar
We are very pleased to announce that John Lambert, Professor Emeritus, Dept of History, University of South Africa, Pretoria , is the Featured Scholar for February 2010. To read his thoughtful answers to our questions, click on his photo above.
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