50th Annual Fortenbaugh Lecture to be held Nov. 19; live-stream available

The 50th Annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture will take place at the Majestic Theater Nov. 19, coinciding with the 148th anniversary of Lincoln's delivery of the "Gettysburg Address."

Joan Waugh, professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present the 7:30 p.m. lecture, "'The Rebels Are Our Countrymen Again': U.S. Grant and the Meaning of Appomattox." The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Gettysburg College's Civil War Institute and Department of History.

View the livestream on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Livestream troubleshooting.

In addition to the lecture, the $5,000 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction will be awarded to Robin Oliveira for her book "My Name is Mary Sutter."

Waugh's lecture will reexamine the familiar story of the historic surrender of Confederate forces to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.

Prior to the lecture, book discussions will be held on Waugh's book "U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth" Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. They are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Lyceum of Gettysburg College's Pennsylvania Hall, located near the intersection of North Washington and West Stevens streets. Books are available for purchase at the College's Bookstore.

About Waugh

An expert in Civil War Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, the social history of soldiers, politics and political culture, and the memorialization of the Civil War, Waugh teaches courses that focus on the second half of the nineteenth century in America. She is the author and co-editor of several books, including "Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell" and "U.S. Grant, American Hero, American Myth." Waugh's new projects include a study of Harvard-educated Union officers and an examination of the nature of surrender during the Civil War.

About the Shaara Prize

The Michael Shaara Prize was established in 1997 by "Gods and Generals" author Jeff Shaara, and is named in honor of his father, author of the novel "The Killer Angels." The prize, administered by Gettysburg College, honors a novel about the Civil War and encourages fresh approaches to Civil War fiction.

About Oliveira

This year's Shaara Prize winner, Robin Oliveira was also awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship in 2007 for "My Name is Mary Sutter," which was then her debut novel-in-progress. She is the fiction editor for the literary magazine upstreet and a former assistant editor at Narrative Magazine. She is also a registered nurse, specializing in critical care and bone marrow transplant.

About the Fortenbaugh Lecture

The lecture was sustained during its first two decades by an endowment contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Clyde B. Gerberich of Mt. Joy, Pa., in honor of Fortenbaugh, who taught history at Gettysburg College from 1923 until his death in 1959. The endowment has been substantially supplemented by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harry D. Holloway Fund and Helwett Foundation. Bruce Catton delivered the first Fortenbaugh Lecture in 1962. He was followed by, among others, David Herbert Donald, John Hope Franklin, David Brion Davis, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., C. Vann Woodward, Eric Foner, John Keegan, Drew Faust, Jean H. Baker, Ira Berlin, and Gary Gallagher.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Mon, 14 Nov 2011

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