GCC's February 6th Civil War Lecture Cancelled

New February Lecture Opportunity Will Be Announced

Batavia, NY- Genesee Community College recently announced the continuation of its free lecture series on the history of the Civil War through spring 2013, but has just learned that Dr. Benjamin Cloyd of Louisiana State University will be unable to keep his engagement that had been scheduled for Wednesday, February 6. While this event has been canceled, Derek Maxfield, GCC’s history instructor and coordinator of the Civil War Lecture series will be announcing a replacement lecture in the near future.

Please note the other two lectures on March 6 and April 3 remain scheduled as indicated below. All lectures are free and open to the public and occur on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Batavia Campus. Pre-registration for each lecture is encouraged by contacting The BEST Center at 585-345-6868.

On March 6, GCC Professor Garth Swanson presents the “New York’s Forgotten War—The War of 1812 and the Making of the Empire State.” The War of 1812 remains a confusing and little remembered chapter in the history of the United States. New York, as a result of its extensive border with British-controlled Canada, was one of the primary fronts of the war and its residents experienced considerable hardship over the three years of the conflict. In addition, political divisions brought on by the war threatened to tear the state apart internally. Yet, New York quickly emerged from the war stronger and more economically vibrant than ever. In his talk, Professor Swanson will assess the role of New York in the conflict and evaluate the ways the war helped to create a modern New York state.

The third lecture on April 3 features “Myths and More at Gettysburg” with George McGaughney. No Civil War battlefield is more famous (at least in the north) than Gettysburg. To many, it is sacred ground that warrants many visits and careful study, and like any other historical landscape, it is prone to myths and legends. In this talk McGaughney will talk about the basis of those myths and the many discoveries he has made as a frequent visitor. His findings will surprise even the most knowledgeable Civil War buff.

There will be a fourth Civil War lecture in Batavia in May, and also a separate, three-part lecture series is scheduled at the Medina Campus Center. Exact details on these events are still in development.

In addition to the lecture series, a three-day Civil War encampment will take place at the Medina Campus Center from Friday, April 26 until Sunday, April 28. The encampment will include re-enactors in authentic soldier costumes setting up Union and Confederate camps and many other events and re-enactments throughout the weekend.

For further information on the Civil War and the initiative at GCC, check out the Civil War blog at http://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com/.

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

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