The Civil War Fall Lecture Series

What: The Civil War Fall Lecture Series When: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / 7:00pm to 9:00pm Where:Genesee Community College               Conable Technology Building / One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020 Who:    All history enthusiasts BACKGROUND: While continuing its commitment to educate students and the surrounding communities, Genesee Community College will host the first of four lectures in a series on the Civil War.

What: The Civil War Fall Lecture Series

When: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where:Genesee Community College
              Conable Technology Building / One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Who:    All history enthusiasts

BACKGROUND: While continuing its commitment to educate students and the surrounding communities, Genesee Community College will host the first of four lectures in a series on the Civil War. The lecture series is running for four Tuesdays starting tomorrow night, September 13th in the Conable Technology Building of Genesee’s Batavia Campus. All the lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration for each lecture is encouraged. The series will kick-off tomorrow evening with opening remarks by Genesee’s president, Dr. James Sunser.

The lecture 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.

The subsequent lectures, held in conjunction with the Genesee County Civil War Commemoration Committee, include the following topics:

•October 4 - “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 -“New York Politics and the Civil War” by Garth Swanson, professor of History at GCC;
• December 13 -"The Impact of the Civil War on Genesee County: Waving Good Bye to your Loved Ones" by Sue Conklin, Genesee County Historian.

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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