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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Fischer to give Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Oct. 29

David Hackett Fischer
David Hackett Fischer

JACKSON, Tenn.Oct. 14, 2009 – Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer will be the featured speaker for the 13th annual Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series Oct. 29 at Union University.

Fischer, the Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University, will address the topic, “Leaders in an Open Society: The Presidencies of Washington, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama.”

Fischer is the author of 10 books, including “Washington’s Crossing,” for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in history in 2005. His book “Paul Revere’s Ride” won an Irving Medal for Literary Distinction, an Old North Church Lantern Award and a Boston Public Library Literary Light Award.

Other Fischer books include “Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America,” “Champlain’s Dream,” “Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas” and “Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at Princeton University and his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. He has served on the Brandeis University faculty since 1962 and has taught as a visiting professor at Oxford University, Harvard University, the University of Washington in Seattle and several schools in New Zealand.

Past speakers for the lecture series have included such historians as Jeremy Black, Gordon Wood, George Herring, Jack Greene, Gerhard Weinberg, Martin Marty and Thomas Childers.

The lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel on the Union campus. It is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow, with three of Fischer’s books available for purchase.

Fischer will also lecture to the Union community in Harvey Auditorium at 1:40 p.m. that day on “A Great French Leader in the New World: Samuel de Champlain among the American Indians.”


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

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