The 55th annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture will be held on November 19, 2016, featuring Dr. Martha Hodes. Prof. Hodes will speak on "Mourning Lincoln: The Assassination and the Aftermath of the Civil War."
Martha Hodes is Professor of History at New York University, and has taught as a Visiting Professor at Princeton University and a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Germany. She holds degrees from Bowdoin College, Harvard University, and Princeton University.
Professor Hodes is the author, most recently, of Mourning Lincoln, named one of ten long-list finalists for the National Book Award in nonfiction, and a Best Book of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal. The book won the Lincoln Prize in 2016, and was reviewed on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Book Review and subsequently named an Editor’s Choice. Mourning Lincoln has occasioned appearances ranging from Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of Lincoln’s death, to PBS NewsHour, the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and the Miami International Book Fair. Professor Hodes has also been interviewed about Lincoln on numerous other public radio programs and in the Boston Globe, and her writing related to Lincoln’s assassination has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Salon.com.
Professor Hodes is also the author of The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century (W.W. Norton, 2006), a finalist for the Lincoln Prize, and White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South (Yale University Press, 1997), winner of the Allan Nevins Prize for Literary Distinction in the Writing of History. She is also the editor of a collection of essays, Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History. Her books have earned strong reviews, both in scholarly journals and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement.
Professor Hodes has been awarded numerous fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, and the Whiting Foundation. She is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians, an organization devoted to distinguished historical writing.
Professor Hodes has presented her scholarship across the United States, in Europe, and Australia, speaking at universities and colleges, high schools and elementary schools, historical societies, libraries, museums, national parks, bookstores, reading groups, and literary festivals. She serves as a consultant for documentary and feature films, television and radio shows, and museum exhibitions on many aspects of American history.
Professor Hodes teaches courses on the Civil War, race, and the nineteenth-century United States, as well as courses devoted to the craft of history-writing, including Writing the Civil War, History and Storytelling, Biography and History, and Experimental History. She has conducted numerous workshops for elementary and secondary school teachers on topics related to race and the Civil War, and is a recipient of NYU’s Golden Dozen Award for Teaching Excellence.
For more information, see MarthaHodes.com.
The Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture is presented each year on November 19, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The goal of the lecture is to speak to the literate general public without abandoning solid scholarly moorings.