Calhoun Instructor to Appear on the History Channel


Calhoun Community College English instructor, Dr. Randy Cross will appear on a new television program entitled “You Don’t Know Dixie” which is scheduled to premier on the History Channel August 17, 2011, at 8 p.m. Central.  It will be rebroadcast at 12:00 a.m. on August 18th.

According to the show’s producers, the two-hour special will be a “positive, celebratory and insightful program” showcasing aspects of life in the South that are “little-known, unexpected and interesting.”  The interview was filmed last month in Decatur, Alabama where Cross currently lives, and will be used throughout the show  to cover topics ranging from music, sports and food to religion, politics and industry in an effort “to uncover how the South helped make America what it is today.”   

Cross, a native of St. Joseph, Tennessee, holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Mississippi and is the co-editor ofLaughing Stock, the autobiography of T. S. Stribling, and is the author of Introductions for three of Stribling’s novels.  The popular instructor was named Calhoun’s Outstanding Faculty member for 2010-2011, and played a pivotal role in solving a 138 year-old literary world mystery in 2007 when he assisted author John Bayne and Decatur historian and genealogist Phil Wirey in uncovering the location of American humorist George Washington Harris’ (1814-1869) unmarked gravesite. He has published scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals such as American Literature, The South Atlantic Review, and the Mark Twain Journal, andhas delivered hundreds of lectures on Southern literature and history for Auburn University’s Arts and Humanities Center and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.  Dr. Cross is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and a retired lieutenant colonel from the Tennessee Army National Guard.

For additional information, contact Calhoun Community College’s Public Relations Office at 256.306.2560, or visit


Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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