BLACKBURN LECTURE: Edward Ayers, "Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America"


Next week! Join us for the George M. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on the Civil War and Reconstruction by Dr. Edward Ayers, who will present "Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America" on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm in the Park Library Auditorium. Open to all.

Edward Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond, where he is President Emeritus. President Barack Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal in 2013. Ed is serving as president of the Organization of American Historians for the 2017-18 term. Over his decades of work of writing history, experimenting with digital scholarship, collaborating in public history, and teaching and leading in higher education, Ed has tried to find new ways to connect people with the American past.”

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Speakers this Academic Year

The Department of History is looking forward to some exceptional speakers this coming year. Mark your calendars now so you don't miss the opportunity to hear from these renowned historians. Follow the blog for reminders and updated information as the dates approach.

For the William T. Bulger Lecture Series on American Biography, we are pleased to welcome Susan Ware on Nov. 2, 2017. Ware is the Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a leading biographer of feminists. Her book on Amelia Earhart was the first to place the female pilot into our understanding of the advancement of feminism: Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism (W.W. Norton, 1993). Her most recent monograph is Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

For the George M. Blackburn Lecture Series on American Civil War and Reconstruction History, we are honored to have Edward Ayers present "Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America." The lecture will take place on Feb. 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Park Library auditorium. Ayers is the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond, where he is President Emeritus. In 2013, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. He is an accomplished historian of the American South. His book The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on the history of the Americas since 1492.

For grad students, Ayers will also run a workshop on digital history called History Between the Lines. The workshop will take place 12:30-2:00 pm.

For the International Graduate Historical Studies Conference Keynote Address, we are pleased to have Alan Taylor present "Transforming North America: Empires and Republics in War and Peace, 1800-1850 on April 6, 2018. Taylor, a historian of colonial and early republic America, holds the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia. Taylor has received many awards and prizes for his work including the Pulitzer Prize for American History for his book The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W. W. Norton, 2013). His most recent monograph is American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (W. W. Norton, 2016).

Lectures are open to the public.