Dr. John Derden to Speak at EGSC’s Vision Series
Dr. John K. Derden, author and History Professor Emeritus at East Georgia State College, will give a presentation in the Luck Flanders Gambrell Center Auditorium on February, 28 at 11 a.m. Sponsored by the EGSC Vision Series, a privately funded initiative that seeks to bring programs of cultural and intellectual enrichment to East Georgia State College and its constituency, the event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Derden will speak on his new book, The World’s Largest Prison: The Story of Camp Lawton, (Mercer University Press, 2012).
Dr. John K. Derden was a member of the initial faculty cadre when East Georgia State College, then Emanuel County Junior College, opened in the fall of 1973. Initially appointed as instructor in history, he has held the ranks of assistant, associate, and professor of history. He chaired the Social Science Division for many years, and in 1999-2000, he also served as interim vice president for academic affairs. His institutional service has been extensive, ranging from teaching to committee work to grant writing to continuing education involvement to leadership in the Post-secondary Readiness Enrichment Program. He retired from full-time service in July 2004, but has continued to work at the college on a part-time basis. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of History, Chairs the Vision Series, is responsible for Heritage Center development, and teaches history. For the academic year 2006-2007, he served as interim chair of the Humanities Division at the college. Dr. Derden has taught for Augusta State University in a study abroad program in Greece and during Fall Semester 201l taught a graduate course for the history department at Georgia Southern University.
He holds the A.A. from Reinhardt University (1967) and the B.S.Ed. (1969), M.A. (1973), and Ph.D. (1981) degrees from the University of Georgia. He has done additional study and/or attended seminars at Georgia Perimeter College, St. Joseph’s University, Cornell University, Ohio State University, and City University of New York.
Dr. Derden has been active in the community, serving as president of the Emanuel County Historic Preservation Society, a member of the Board of Grantors of the Mill Creek Foundation, a member of the Exchange Club, a founding member of the Emanuel Arts Center, and in numerous capacities at Swainsboro First United Methodist Church.
On the state level, he served a term on the Georgia National Register Review Board and was elected to three terms as the treasurer of the Georgia Association of Historians. He currently serves on the marker review board for Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc.
He is married to the former Carolyn Graves, and they have two children, Mark and Melanie, and one grandson.