Prominent Historians Headline Lecture on Confederate History

UR's Ed Ayers and UVA's Gary Gallagher to discuss monument debate and more
October 12, 2018

The University of Richmond and American Civil War Museum are partnering to host a lecture focusing on The Civil War and our understanding of the Confederacy. The event is Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorum.

“After Charleston and Charlottesville: The Future of Confederate History” focuses on what historians have learned about society’s understanding of the Confederacy over the last several decades and where our focus should be moving forward. The discussion will feature two of America’s most prominent Civil War historians, Edward Ayers, University of Richmond Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, and Gary Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.

Ayers is also the author of The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Empancipation in the Heart of America, a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize and Avery O. Craven Award winning book that recounts the lives of the ordinary men and women of the Civil War.

“I hope that people will understand that the Civil War is still the touchstone for all Americans today,” said Ayers, who serves on Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Monument Avenue Commission. “We will try to unravel the importance of this event that changed all of world history.”

This event is the Department of History’s annual Elizabeth Roller Bottimore lecture. The lecture is currently sold out, but there is a waiting list.

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 Media wishing to cover this event should RSVP to Lindsey Campbell by Tues., Oct. 16.