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Civil War scholar to speak at Union’s history lecture series

Edward L. Ayers
Edward L. Ayers

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 19, 2007 – Civil War scholar and University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers will be the featured speaker for the 11th annual Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series Oct. 9 at Union University.

Ayers is the author, co-author or editor of 10 books on American history, including “What Caused the Civil War?” “The Crucible of the Civil War” and “The Oxford Book of the American South.”

His book, “In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863,” won the 2004 Bancroft Prize from Columbia University.

“Dr. Edward L. Ayers is one of the foremost Civil War historians in the world and one of the best university teachers in the United States,” said Union University history professor Stephen Carls, chairman of the history department. “Among his academic colleagues, he has been praised for his original and innovative scholarship, and when he was at the University of Virginia, his students raved about his captivating lecture style and gift for storytelling.”

Ayers assumed the presidency of the University of Richmond earlier this year, after serving as the University of Virginia’s dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since 2001. He had been a history professor at the University of Virginia since 1980.

Ayers will address the topic, “In the Wake of the Civil War: Building New Lives After Appomattox” 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 Gordon Wood from Brown University, 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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