What:Civil War Lecture Series at GCC Lima- “Exploring the literary ‘lived experience’ of the Civil War”
When:Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 7:00pm
Where:Genesee Community College at Lima
7285 Gale Road (Route 15A), Lima, NY 14485
Who:All history enthusiasts
While continuing its commitment to educate students and the surrounding communities, Genesee Community College’s Lima Campus Center will host the Civil War lecture “Exploring the literary ‘lived experience’ of the Civil War”. This lecture is scheduled for Wednesday November 9 at 7pm and will be led by Norm Gayford, GCC professor of English.
Lecture abstract: In his recent essay titled "Reflections on the Crisis in the Humanities," Richard Wolin, Distinguished Professor of History and Comparative Literature at CUNY, reminds us of the intersection of history and literature: "The study of history allows us to come to terms with the achievements as well as the depredations of our collective past so that we might experience a future that is free of injustice….[t]he study of literature introduces us to imaginary worlds and new experiences, so that our conceptions of human possibility transcend the boundaries and limitations of what was heretofore conceivable" (Hedgehog Review, Summer 2011, 15). Through the literary work of writers whose lives necessitated the crossing of literary/historical boundaries because they lived with–even in–the Civil War, we can reach the perceptions, the comprehension, the intuitions of which Wolin speaks. In the evening’s presentation, participants will experience excerpts from Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Fanny Fern (aka Sarah Willis Parton) to confront the crossing of boundaries, giving fresh views into the literary ‘lived experience’ of the Civil War.
This is the second lecture in the Lima Campus Center’s Civil War Initiative (CWI), a multi-year program for community members to learn about and commemorate the rich history of the American Civil War. The CWI will provide several opportunities throughout the year to discover the history of the Civil War through lectures, movies and other activities. Led by GCC instructor of History, Derek Maxfield, the CWI is a great opportunity for community members to find out more about the dynamic history of the Civil War.
For further information please contact the Lima Campus Center at 585-582-1226 or go to: http://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com.
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