If you're lucky enough to live within commuting distance, or will happen to be in the Gettysburg area on November 19th, this sounds like a fantastic program:
Dear CWI Friend,
We are pleased that Joan Waugh, Professor of History at UCLA, will present the 2011 Fortenbaugh Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19th, at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg. Waugh's lecture, '"The Rebels are Our Countrymen Again': U.S. Grant and the Meaning of Appomattox" will reexamine the familiar story of the historic surrender of Confederate forces to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. The surrender at Appomattox is generally considered the end of the American Civil War, enshrining a powerful image of a peaceful, perfectly conducted closure to the bloody conflict. Yet the details of Grant's magnanimous surrender document provoked debate, anger, and opposition among the Northern public.
Prior to the Fortenbaugh Lecture there will be two book discussions: November 10th at 7:00 p.m. with Professor Peter Carmichael and on November 18th at 4:00 p.m. with Joan Waugh, focusing on Waugh's book U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). The book is available at a discounted price of $25.00 at the Gettysburg College bookstore and both events will be held in the Lyceum of Pennsylvania Hall on the college campus.
Preceding the start of Waugh's lecture on November 19th, the $5,000 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction will be awarded to Robin Oliveira for her novel, My Name is Mary Sutter (Penguin, 2010). The prize has been awarded at the Fortenbaugh Lecture since 2005.
To read Joan Waugh's biography, learn more about the Fortenbaugh Lecture and the Shaara Prize, and/or see a full schedule of activities go here.
Hope to see you on November 19th!
Peter S. Carmichael, Director
Civil War Institute