Friday, October 13, 2017

[128] MTSU professor to discuss ‘Gangs and the Military’ at Southern Festival of Books

MURFREESBORO — A member of MTSU’s campus community will share his expertise at one of the South’s premier literary events.

Carter F. Smith, a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice, will discuss his book “Gangs and the Military” at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. Smith’s lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Conference Room 1B of the Nashville Public Library at 615 Church St.

Subtitled “Gangsters, Bikers and Terrorists with Military Training,” the book is based on personal experiences, historical documents, government reports and current events.

In addition to historical connections in the area, such as the land pirates who traveled the Natchez Trace after the Revolutionary War, Smith chronicles other stories of national interest.

Smith was in the Army Criminal Investigation Division for more than 22 years, serving 15 years at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He identified the growing problem in the early 1990s and later started the Army’s first gang and extremist investigations team.

The Southern Festival of Books has been held on the second full weekend in October since 1989. Dubbed “A Celebration of the Written Word,” it was one of the first book festivals of its kind. It enables authors and readers to connect with each other. The three-day event sponsored by Humanities Tennessee is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Smith at 615-898-2630 or

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