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Beloit College to commemorate 150th Civil War anniversary with lecture series

Thursday, August 22, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

To honor the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, Beloit College will feature three speakers from the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program during the month of September. Each lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall. They are free and open to the public.

The “History of the Civil War” lectures are as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 4

“Spielberg’s Lincoln and the Roots of Reconstruction,” by Kate Masur, an associate professor of history at Northwestern University

Masur’s research focuses on how Americans came to grips with the end of slavery, both during the Civil War and after it. She is the author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (2010) and two award-winning articles on race, culture and politics during the Civil War. Her writing has also appeared in the op-ed pages of The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

“More Than Freedom: Black Northerners and the Meaning of the Civil War” by Stephen Kantrowitz, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The relationship between race and citizenship in the era of emancipation is the topic of Kantrowitz’s research. He is the author of More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 (2012) and a co-editor of All Men Free and Brethren: Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry (2013). His first book, Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (2000), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won several scholarly awards.

Wednesday, Sept. 25  

“A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut’s Civil War” by Lesley Gordon, professor of history at the University of Akron

Gordon teaches courses in the Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. military history, and the Early Republic. She is the author of General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend (1998); co-editor of Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and their Wives (2001) and Inside the Confederate Nation: Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas (2005); and co-author of This Terrible War: The Civil War and its Aftermath (2003). She is currently completing a study of the Civil War’s lasting effects on a northern regiment.

The lecture series is supported by the Richardson Lecture Fund, named in honor of former History Professor Robert “Dickie” Richardson, and the Mellon Foundation Labs Across the Curriculum grant.