Tuesday, July 5, 2016

John Egerton Scholar in Residence

In June, 2016, Frye Gaillard was named the first John Egerton Scholar in Residence by the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. Egerton, one of the founder’s of SFA, was an award-winning Southern author who, as Gaillard notes, “wrote as well as anybody ever has” about Southern history, race relations, and culture. Among Egerton’s best-known books were Speak Now Against the Day, Southern Food, and The Americanization of Dixie. “For most of my adult life, and for much of his, John Egerton was a mentor and friend,” said Gaillard, “and I am pleased to be recognized in a way that honors his memory.” Gaillard gave the concluding address at the SFA’s Summer Symposium, held this year in Egerton’s hometown of Nashville.