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Lecture-Concert Series presents
Civil War authority Dr. David W. Blight
Oct. 8, 2007 --
Civil War authority Dr. David W. Blight will be the featured
the fourth event of Arkansas State University's 2007-2008
Lecture-Concert Series. Blight will present a lecture, "A Slave No More:
Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom," on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union Auditorium.
Blight, a professor of history at Yale University and director of the
Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and
Abolition, is one of the nation's foremost authorities on the U.S. Civil
War and its legacy.
Dr. Blight's presentation in ASU's Lecture-Concert Series is funded in
part by Drs. Rosalee and Raymond Weiss of Teaneck, N. J., in memory of
Rosalee Weiss's mother, Corinne Sternheimer Greenfield, through an
endowment supporting annual lectures (the Corinne Sternheimer Greenfield
Lecture Series) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at ASU.
Blight's book, "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory,"
earned a number of awards, including the Frederick Douglass Prize, the
Lincoln Prize, three awards from the Organization of American
Historians, and the Bancroft Prize. It presents a new way of
understanding the nation's collective response to the war, arguing that,
in the interest of reunification, the country ignored the racist
underpinnings of the war, leaving a legacy of racial conflict.
His most recent book is entitled "A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped
to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation." He is currently
on leave as a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for
Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
He is now completing a book, "Seizing Freedom: The Civil War and
Emancipation of Wallace Turnage and John Washington." He earned his PhD
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he has taught at Harvard,
North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and Yale. He has taught
courses including seminars in nineteenth-century U.S. History,
African-American history, and historical memory.
For more details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for the Honors
College, at (870) 972-2308 or via e-mail at
email@example.com, or visit
http://honors.astate.edu. The Lecture-Concert Series presents
diverse programs to enrich the cultural life of the campus, community,
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