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Southeastern history professor authors new book on former Speaker Jim Wright

Dr. J. Brooks Flippen

Dr. J. Brooks Flippen

DURANT, Okla. – In the past, professor-author J. Brooks Flippen has tackled such subjects as Richard Nixon and the environment and Jimmy Carter and the Religious Right.

His latest foray into politic writing (“Speaker Jim Wright: Power, Scandal, and the Birth of Modern Politics’’) delves into the life and times of the late congressman from Fort Worth, Texas, who served as U.S. Speaker of the House in the late 1980s.

Flippen, who is a professor of history at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is also a Fulbright Scholar who is currently fulfilling those duties teaching at South China Normal University in Guangzhou.

Published in April by the University of Texas Press, “Speaker Jim Wright’’ (552 pages, $35) offers a chronology of Wright’s life, directly addressing his days as a child of the Great Depression, a decorated World War II airman, and rise to political power, which culminated with his election as Speaker in 1986 and crash landed with his resignation amid an ethics controversy in 1989.

Wright retired to his hometown of Fort Worth, where he died in 2015 at age 92.

In conjunction with the release of the book, Flippen recently wrote a column on Wright  for The Washington Post —  “One man’s downfall explains the mess in Congress today – The politics that toppled Jim Wright has only gotten worse, grinding Congress to a halt.’’

Flippen specializes in modern American political/environmental history and is the author of three other books: “Conservative Conservationist: Russell E. Train and the Emergence of American Environmentalism,” “Nixon and the Environment,” and “Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family and the Rise of the Religious Right.’’

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1995 and holds degrees from Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, and the University of Maryland.

Southeastern history professor Brooks Flippen named Fulbright Scholar

Dr. J. Brooks Flippen

Dr. J. Brooks Flippen

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has its second Fulbright Scholar in the 71-year history of the prestigious scholarship program.

Dr. J. Brooks Flippen, professor of history at Southeastern, was recently named a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. G. Stevenson Smith, recently retired as John Massey Endowed Chair Professor of Accounting, was Southeastern’s first Fulbright Scholar in 2011.

Flippen has received a “Fulbright Scholar Grant” from the U.S. Department of State to teach at South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China, for the 2017-2018 academic year.

South China Normal University is a comprehensive Chinese university with a student population of approximately 35,000, located in the heart of Guangzhou.  It has one of the largest foreign student populations of any university in China.

“It is a real honor to receive this award, and I look forward to representing Southeastern and the State of Oklahoma in China,’’ Flippen said.

Flippen will be teaching courses on the history of American environmental and religious politics; in addition, he will be a member of the Fulbright “Lecturer’s Cohort,” in which he’ll present public lectures on American history when invited by organizations and universities throughout the country.

Classes begin in early September at the University.

Flippen specializes in modern American political/environmental history. He is the author of three books: “Conservative Conservationist: Russell E. Train and the Emergence of American Environmentalism,” “Nixon and the Environment,” and “Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family and the Rise of the Religious Right.’’

 

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1995 and holds degrees from Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, and the University of Maryland.

The Fulbright Program is an American scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.

Social Sciences presents scholarships at Southeastern

scholarships

Seated, left to right: Jesse Lemons, Luke Hayes, Charles Trey MacAllister, Brianna Teel, Maddison Williams, Ronald McIninch, and Chance Wimberley. Standing, left to right, are faculty members Patrick Schoettmer, Chunmei Yoe, Corie Delashaw, Brooks Flippen, Alistair Maeer, and Glenn Melancon. (Not pictured, Austin Hall and Mohammad Akbar

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Social Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently announced the awarding of nine scholarships.

Following is the list of the scholarships, recipients, and their hometowns:

Dr. James C. Milligan Scholarship – Charles MacAllister, Durant; Dr. Edward L. Byrd – Brianna Teel, Durant; Dr. Louis and Bernice Johnson – Maddison Williams, Calera; James D. Morrison – Jesse Lemons, Atoka; Priscilla W. Utterback – Ronald McIninch, Durant.

Also, Glen D. Johnson Sr. and Imogene S. Johnson – Chance Wimberley, Colbert; Judge John Allen Phillips II – Austin Hall, Cartwright; Dr. Allen E. and Mildred Shearer — Luke Hayes, Broken Arrow; Umez Outstanding Student in Social Sciences — Mohammad Akbar, Sherman, Texas.

Southeastern history professor writes book on Jimmy Carter and the Religious Right

Southeastern history professor writes book on Jimmy Carter and the Religious Right

Press Release Date: 3-1-2011

Dr. Brooks Flippen

DURANT, Okla. – Eight years of research has resulted in the publication of “Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right.”

Published by the University of Georgia Press, this is the third book authored by Southeastern Oklahoma State University history professor J. Brooks Flippen. Although the book’s official release date is March 15, it is already generating positive reviews.

“A clear, accurate, balanced account of both Carter’s appeal in 1976 and his fall from grace in the eyes of the hyper-evangelicals,” wrote John B. Boles, William P. Hobby Professor of History at Rice University. “Flippen’s treatment of the rise of the hot-button issues that fueled the Religious Right is a model of objective reporting with sensible analysis scattered throughout. I believe those on the political left and political right can read this book, learn from it, see its value, and appreciate its judiciousness.”

In describing his book, Dr. Flippen notes, “it explores Carter’s handling of issues such as abortion, feminism, and homosexuality without drawing conclusions on the merits of his policies. Rather, it gauges his political effectiveness and the ramifications from his actions, most notably in motivating the modern Religious Right.”

Flippen conducted extensive research at both the Carter and Ronald Reagan Presidential Libraries. In order to gain additional perspective, he also interviewed a number of high-ranking officials in the Carter presidency, along with evangelists such as Jerry Falwell.

Flippen’s previous books were “Nixon and the Environment,” and “Conservative Conservationist: Russell E. Train And the Emergence of American Environmentalism.”

He joined the Southeastern faculty in 1995. Flippen holds degrees from the University of Maryland (Ph.D.), the University of Richmond (M.A.), and Washington & Lee University (B.A.)