GCC’s Historical Horizons Lecture Series Offers Three More Spring Dates

Batavia, NY- Genesee Community College’s successful Civil War Initiative will offer three more lectures this spring as part of its Historical Horizons Lecture series, including a rescheduling of “Wilsonian Diplomacy at a Crossroads – 1917: Missionaries of Democracy or Merchants of Death,” which was originally scheduled for March 8, 2017 and needed to be postponed due to the wind storm. The remaining spring 2017 lineup for the Historical Horizons Lecture series brings a different dynamic speaker focused on topics regarding historical events, people, places and topics that continue to impact our world today.


The remaining spring 2017 semester lineup for Historical Horizons speakers includes:


Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

  • Most known as a Confederate aide de camp and assistant adjutant general to Gen. Robert E. Lee during the Civil War, Col. Charles Marshall is a fascinating figure. Join retired teacher and re-enactor Henry Pogodzinski to find out why as he presents Standing in the shadow of a giant: The life and labors of Col. Charles Marshall of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Staff.” Learn more about the man who penned Gen. Lee’s famous farewell address.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

  • Originally scheduled for March 8, 2017, Garth Swanson, GCC professor of History will present Wilsonian Diplomacy at a Crossroads – 1917: Missionaries of Democracy or Merchants of Death.”  The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.  In his presentation, Professor Swanson takes a fresh look at the events that brought about the nation’s engagement in the war. The lecture will focus on the complex domestic and diplomatic issues that challenged Woodrow Wilson’s internationalist vision of a new world order. 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

  • No, Betsy Ross did not design the first American flag. Like the story of Washington and the cherry tree, the quaint old story of the flag is myth. George McCaughey, a retired social studies teacher, will explain why with his lecture, The American Flag, The History, the Facts and the Myths.” This lecture will explore the compelling story of the American flag, its design and the evolution.


All lectures are free and open to the public, and take place in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building at 7 p.m.


For more information go to: https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com/ or contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.


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