The subject of growing scholarly appreciation and interest, Francis Lieber (1798-1872) gained international renown as one of nineteenth-century America's preeminent public intellectuals. He is also recognized as one of the most distinguished faculty members in the University of South Carolina's institutional history. With Francis Lieber and the Culture of the Mind, Charles R. Mack and Henry H. Lesesne draw together an international group of scholars from fields as diverse as Lieber's own multifaceted interests - cultural studies, history, law, linguistics, art history, philosophy, religion, and political science - to commemorate and reevaluate the German-American thinker's legacy to the twenty-first century.
Mack teaches art history at the University of South Carolina, where he is both a Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts and the William Joseph Todd Professor of the Italian Renaissance.Lesesne received his doctorate in history from the University of South Carolina in 1998. He is associate director and historian of the University of SOuth Carolina Bicentennial Celebration and research assistant professor of Southern Studies at USC.