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2016 Fortenbaugh Speaker

Martha HodesThe 55th annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture will be held on November 19, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. featuring Dr. Martha Hodes. Prof. Hodes will speak on "Mourning Lincoln: The Assassination and the Aftermath of the Civil War."

Martha Hodes, Professor of History at New York University, is the author of Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press), winner of the Lincoln Prize, awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Gettysburg College, and the Avery O. Craven Prize, awarded by the Organization of American Historians. Mourning Lincoln was named one of ten long-list finalists for the National Book Award, an Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review, and a Best Book of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal. 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), a finalist for the Lincoln Book Prize, and White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South (Yale University Press), winner of the Allan Nevins Prize for Literary Distinction in the Writing of History.

Hodes holds degrees from Bowdoin College, Harvard University, and Princeton University, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard University, the Fulbright Commission, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Whiting Foundation. She is also an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians.

Hodes has been interviewed on the PBS News Hour and National Public Radio, and her writing related to Mourning Lincoln has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on She has presented her scholarship nationally and internationally, ranging from elementary schools to universities, from national parks to literary festivals, and serves as a consultant for film, television, radio, and museums, on many aspects of American history. At New York University, Hodes teaches courses on race, the Civil War, and the nineteenth-century United States, as well as courses devoted to the craft of history-writing. She is a winner of NYU’s Golden Dozen Award for Teaching Excellence.

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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.


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