David Blight Lecture (Saturday, April 16)

Yale University historian David W. Blight will speak on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 7pm in the Anita Tuvin Schlector Auditorium (ATS) at Dickinson College, providing a keynote address for the opening of the Civil War 150th anniversary and the House Divided Project launch weekend. This event is co-sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.  Renowned author of Race and Reunion: The American Civil War in American Memory (2001), Professor Blight will explore the meaning of the conflict on its 150th anniversary.  A book signing will follow.

David W. Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books, including A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (for which he received the Bancroft, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass prizes), and Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory, and the American Civil War. He is also the co-author of the bestselling American history textbook, A People and a Nation.

One of the classes that Blight teaches at Yale University is available online through Open Yale Courses. This is not simply a single lecture, as you can listen or watch all twenty seven classes of HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877. As Blight explains, the “primary goal of the course is to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history.” Transcripts of each lecture are also available.

Listen to the Keynote Address


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Date – Saturday April 16, 2011
Time – 7pm to 830pm
Location – Anita Tuvin Schlector Auditorium (See #19 on the Dickinson College Campus Map)
Cost – Free
Registration – Not Required
General questions? Contact Don Sailer at hdivided@dickinson.edu or 717-245-1525
Media queries? Contact Christine Dugan at duganc@dickinson.edu or 717-245-1180

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