JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 12, 2011 – Author and historian Pauline Maier will be the featured speaker for the 15th annual Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series Oct. 11 at Union University.
Maier, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will address the topic, “Ratification of the U.S. Constitution: Why Should We Care?”
Maier is the author of several books, scholarly articles, book chapters and essays on American Revolutionary history. Her book “Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788” won the 2011 George Washington Book Prize. Another book, “American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence,” was listed among the New York Times’ Best Books of the Year for 1997 and was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction.
The winner in 1998 of MIT’s prestigious Killian Award for outstanding achievement, Maier serves as the president of the Society of American Historians.
Past speakers for the lecture series have included such historians as Daniel Walker Howe, David Hackett Fischer, 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. For more information, contact Stephen Carls at (731) 661-5262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.