Distinguished Civil War Historian Edward Ayers To Give Lecture

Aug 24, 2015

by Staff

With recent controversies about the Confederate flag still swirling, a distinguished Civil War historian will offer his thoughts about the war’s implications for American society in the first lecture in the 2015-2016 Florida Lecture Series at Florida Southern College.

Edward L. Ayers, president emeritus of the University of Richmond, will give the lecture, “From War to Freedom: Reflections on the Civil War” at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 in Branscomb Auditorium on the FSC campus. The lecture, sponsored by the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr., Center for Florida History at FSC, is free and open to the public.

Prof. Ayers will reflect on the transformative nature of the Civil War and its relationship and relevance to the society we live in today. Recently retired as the president of the University of Richmond, he is known as an astute historian of the Civil War and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has written or edited 11 books, including the Bancroft Award-winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies, and he has directed a groundbreaking digital history project, The Valley of the Shadow. Prof. Ayers co-hosts BackStory, a popular weekly radio show and podcast produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He received the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama in 2012, and his books have been finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

“I have known and admired Edward Ayers for many years, and there is no finer scholar and lecturer,” said Prof. James M. Denham, director of the Center for Florida History. “His knowledge of the Civil War and its meaning is unsurpassed. The implications of that war are still with us, and we are indeed fortunate that Professor Ayers will share his insights with us in this lecture.”

About the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr., Center for Florida History…

Founded in 2001, the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr., Center for Florida History strives to enhance the teaching, study, and writing of Florida history. The center seeks to preserve the state’s past through cooperative efforts with historical societies, preservation groups, museums, public programs, media, and interested persons.