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Four Score Speaker Series with Jon White
Wednesday, May 12th, 7 p.m. (CST) Zoom
We are thrilled to have Jon White join us to discuss his career writing about Lincoln and the Civil War. Jonathan W. White is associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University, where he has taught since 2009. He is the author or editor of twelve books, including Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (2011), and Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and Jefferson Davis Prize, a “best book” in Civil War Monitor, and the winner of the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 2015 book prize. He has published more than 100 articles, essays and reviews, and is the winner of the 2005 John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article in Civil War History, the 2010 Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, and the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Prize for his Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History (2010). He serves as vice chair of The Lincoln Forum, and on the boards of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia.
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"Four Score Speaker Series" with Dr. David Silkenat
Wednesday,June 2nd, 7pm CST (Zoom webinar)
We will be joined by Dr. David Silkenat, Professor at The University of Edinburgh, to discuss his latest book, Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War. Dr. Silkenat provides the first comprehensive study of Civil War surrender, focusing on the conflicting social, political, and cultural meanings of the action. Looking at the conflict from the perspective of men who surrendered, Silkenat creates new avenues to understand prisoners of war, fighting by Confederate guerrillas, the role of southern Unionists, and the experiences of African American soldiers. The experience of surrender also sheds valuable light on the culture of honor, the experience of combat, and the laws of war.
A 'No-holds Barred' Interview With President/General Ulysses S Grant
Wednesday, September 22nd, 7pm CST (Zoom webinar)
Fellow Illinoisan, Ulysses S Grant, is one of the least understood of our American heroes. He is regarded highly by some and scorned by others. This is not unusual for him as even his good friend, General Sherman, said that Grant was an enigma even to himself.
Our program will be an interview with Grant himself, played by Larry Werline, with no question off-limits. Grant was known for his honesty so there could be some interesting answers to some of his most controversial topics.
Civil War Dress From the Inside-Out
Tuesday, October 12th, 7 p.m. (CST) Zoom
Just how many layers did 1860s women wear to achieve that bell-shaped silhouette? Join Illinois State Museum’s Curator of History Erika Holst to find out! Drawing upon examples of 1860s clothing from the ISM's collections, Holst will walk you through the many layers of women's dress, from chemise to shawl, and discuss the significance of each garment. A question and answer period will follow.
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