David Blight

Professor of History, Yale University

American Oracle: The Memory of the Civil War

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Book signing to follow.

Blight will be providing a keynote address for the opening of the Civil War 150th anniversary and the House Divided Project launch weekend. Renowned author of Race and Reunion: The American Civil War in American Memory (2001), Blight will explore the meaning of the conflict on its 150th anniversary. A book signing will follow.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History.

Visit http://www.dickinson.edu/news-and-events/news/2010-11/House-Divided-Project-Launches/ for details about the House Divided Project and the weekend activities.

Biography
David W. Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books, including A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (for which he received the Bancroft, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass prizes), and Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory, and the American Civil War. He is also the co-author of the bestselling American history textbook, A People and a Nation.One of the classes that Blight teaches at Yale University is available online through Open Yale Courses. This is not simply a single lecture, as you can listen or watch all twenty seven classes of HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877. As Blight explains, the “primary goal of the course is to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history.” Transcripts of each lecture are also available.