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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian to speak at history lecture series

Gordon Wood
Gordon Wood

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 19, 2006 – Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood will be the featured speaker for the 10th annual Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series Oct. 3 at Union University.

Wood is the author of several books on the American Revolution, including “Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different,” “The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787” and “The Americanization of Ben Franklin.”

His book, “The Radicalism of the American Revolution,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993.

Stephen Carls, chairman of Union’s history and political science department, said he was “extremely pleased” to have a historian of Wood’s caliber coming for the lecture series.

“He’s one of the foremost authorities in the world on the American Revolution,” Carls said. “He’s as good as it gets.”

Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University, where he has taught since 1969. He has also taught at Harvard, William and Mary, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University Law School and Cambridge University.

Wood will speak on the topic “The Invention of Ben Franklin” at 7:15 p.m. in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel on Union’s campus. A book signing will follow. Past speakers for the lecture series have included George Herring from the University of Kentucky, Jack Greene from Johns Hopkins University, Gerhard Weinberg from the University of North Carolina, Martin Marty from the University of Chicago and Thomas Childers from the University of Pennsylvania.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Carls at (731) 661-5262.


Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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