Genesee Community College Hosts New Civil War Lecture Series

Genesee Community College will once again host a lecture series on the history of the Civil War, led by History professor Derek Maxfield. The four part series will run on Tuesdays, specifically September 13, October 4, November 1 and December 13 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the T102 of the Batavia Campus.

Genesee Community College will once again host a lecture series on the history of the Civil War, led by History professor Derek Maxfield. The four part series will run on Tuesdays, specifically September 13, October 4, November 1 and December 13 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the T102 of the Batavia Campus. All lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration for each lecture is encouraged. This lecture series is held in conjunction with the Genesee County Civil War Commemoration Committee.

The first lecture on September 13 will be "From the Beautiful Death to the Commodification of Death: Changing Deathways in Victorian America" led by Derek Maxfield. The American Civil War was certainly a seminal event in the United States’ history. Historians have argued that it profoundly shaped politics, society, economics, and culture. This talk will explore how Victorian culture created a culture of death, and how that changed over the course of the 19th century.

"I am excited to have this series continue. The public response to the spring lecture series was very gratifying and demonstrates the depth of interest in the Civil War,” Derek Maxfield noted. “People understand that the war was a defining moment in American history. I am glad we can contribute to a better understanding of the war."

Lectures will follow on October 4 with “In the Full Strength of Manhood: The Soldier's Death in the American Civil War” by Sarah Handley-Cousins Ph.D. candidate at the University of Buffalo; November 1 with “New York Politics and the Civil War” by Garth Swanson, professor of History at GCC; and December 13 with "The Impact of the Civil War on Genesee County: Waving Good Bye to your Loved Ones" by Sue Conklin, Genesee County Historian.

Genesee has also developed the GCC GLOW Region History Co-Op Blog, spearheaded by GCC History instructor, Derek Maxfield. This blog is dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich historical landscape of Western New York. The blog can be found at www.glowhistory.wordpress.com.

To register for any of the Civil War lectures, please contact The BEST Center at 585-345-6868 or email bestcenter@genesee.edu.

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