GCC Lecture Features Award-winning Historian

Carole Emberton just named Richards Prize winner

What: GCC Lecture Features Award-winning Historian ~ Carole Emberton just named Richards Prize winner

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 ~ 7 p.m.

Where:Genesee Community College, Batavia Campus ~ Conable Technology Building, Room T102

Who: History and Civil War buffs of all ages

Background:

University of Buffalo historian Carole Emberton comes to GCC tomorrow evening (Wednesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m.), on the heels of winning the Richards Prize for best article published in the 2012 edition of the Journal of the Civil War Era, the official journal of The Society of Civil War Historians.

Emberton earned high praise for her essay, “Only Murder Makes Men: Reconsidering the Black Military Experience.” In it, she explores how Civil War service changed the perception of the black soldier from slave to free man. Described as powerful and mind-expanding, the selection committee described her piece as “a model not merely of Civil War scholarship, but of what historians can do when they are working at the top of their game.”

The prize is presented by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, an initiative of the Penn State Department of History.

Emberton’s talk at GCC, “Hanging Henry Wirz: Debating the Meaning of ‘War Crimes’ during the American Civil War,” is part of the College’s Civil War Initiative.

For more information about GCC’s Civil War initiatives, visit GCC College history instructor Derek Maxfield’s blog: http://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com/.

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