GCC’s Historical Horizons Lectures Series Continues With Spring Schedule

Batavia, NY- As a follow up to Genesee Community College’s successful Civil War Initiative which included numerous lectures, encampments, parades, Victorian balls and the Heritage Heroes recognition ceremony in Orleans County, GCC’s new history club has launched a series of lectures which continue this spring on the first Wednesday of the month through the Spring 2016 semester. A different dynamic speaker will be offering new topics about historical events, people, places and topics that continue to impact the world today.

“The success of the Historical Horizons Lecture Series from this fall continues this spring,” Derek Maxfield, GCC’s associate professor of history said. “With the support of the History Club, we are excited to offer a series of lectures that will cover a variety of historical topics and continue to support living history events.”

The spring 2016 semester lineup for the Historical Horizons speakers includes:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

  • David Armitage, local polymath, will discuss “World War I: New Weapons of War.” This talk will focus on innovations in weapons technology during World War I, and he will display his uniquely created shadow box dioramas featuring new weapons such as tanks and submarines.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

  • Eric Bloomquist will present “Campbell’s Defeat: Demonstrating Seneca Sovereignty over the Niagara Portage.” Bloomquist, the former program manager for the Old Fort Niagara Association, will speak about how the events of 1763 on the Niagara Frontier have been long misremembered, misunderstood and misinterpreted. He provides a more accurate picture by combining an appreciation of Native American politics, Anglo-American military management and local geography.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

  • What does a volcanic eruption have to do with the story of Frankenstein? And what do both have to do with the rise of the computer? Join Dr. Aaron Wheeler, adjunct professor of geography at Capital Community College for “The Volcano, Frankenstein, and the Computer Scientist.”  The lecture will include fascinating talk that will draw together seemingly disparate parts to a common ground.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

  • In “Petticoats, Pistols and Prison Ships: Women in the Life of Andrew Jackson,” Dan Hamner, adjunct instructor of history at GCC will discuss the relationships of the seventh President of the United States. Historians have certainly not ignored the women in Andrew Jackson’s life. In fact, these relationships have provided some of the most colorful anecdotes available to his biographers. However, those stories have rarely been told together and more importantly, historians have only just begun to ask what these stories say about Jackson’s view on women and the society in which they all lived, loved and struggled.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and take place in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building at 7 p.m. Professor Maxfield also encourages attendees to stay tuned for other lecture dates at Genesee Community College campus centers.

In addition, don’t miss the special lecture on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the GCC Stuart Steiner Theater featuring Pulitzer-Prize winning author Dr. Eric Foner of Columbia University. He will give a presentation based on his new book “Gateway to Freedom, The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.”

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

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