Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War

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The American Civil War is a crucial point in the history of the United States. Join The City Library, and a group of experts from Salt Lake Community College for a series of readings and discussions devoted to cultivating a deeper understanding of this important piece of our past.

The five-part reading series, “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” will be lead by Drs. Chris Case, Ted Moore, and Tam Hoskisson, as well as Marianne McKnight from Salt Lake Community College. Registration is required for this series, and is limited to the first 25 patrons. Texts will be available for loan through The City Library, and will be distributed at the first discussion.

Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support comes from Salt Lake City Public Library, Fort Douglas Military Museum, and the Utah Humanities Council.

To register, visit the Welcome Desk at the Main Library, or call 801-322-8118.

Books for the series:
March, by Geraldine Brooks
Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson
America’s War: Talking about the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries edited by Edward Ayers

SCHEDULE
Introduction: Tue, Aug 28, 7pm, Special Collections Room
An overview and introduction to the National Endowment for the Humanities program “Making Sense of The Civil War” that includes a discussion of the books to be used in the series. Readings and program schedules will be distributed. Presented by Dr. Chris Case

Session 1: Tue, Sep 11, 7pm, Special Collections Room
“A House Divided: Sectional Roots of the Civil War” presented by Marianne McKnight
Session Readings: America’s War Edward Ayers, Editor; Chapters 1 through 10, inclusive and March Geraldine Brooks, Chapters 1-3.
Marianne Fellows McKnight is an Associate Professor of History at Salt Lake Community College who did her graduate work at the University of Utah with a focus on early American political and constitutional history. Her recent scholarly work has focused on reform movements of the antebellum period and she was awarded SLCC’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2010. She is currently Chair of the History & Anthropology and Political Science Department.

Session 2: Tue, Oct 2, 7pm, Special Collections Room
“Antietam: the First Critical Turning Point of the Civil War” presented by Dr. Chris Case
Session Readings: Antietam: The Battle That Changed The Course of The Civil War James M. McPherson and March Geraldine Brooks, Chapters 4-7
Chris Case is an Assistant Professor of History at Salt Lake Community College who received his Ph.D from Northern Arizona University with a focus on Constitutional History, the Civil War and the U.S. West. He was awarded SLCC’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2000.

Session 3: Tue, Oct 23, 7pm, Special Collections Room
“Emancipation and the Paradoxes of War” presented by Dr. Ted Moore

Session Readings: America’s War Edward Ayers, Editor; Chapters 2, 4, 8, 18, 20, 21, 24 and 25 and March Geraldine Brooks, Chapters 14-16.
Ted Moore is a full time History Instructor at Salt Lake Community College who received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University with a focus on African-American History.

Session 4: Thu, Nov 15, 7pm, Main Library Auditorium
“A promised Land of Universal Freedom: Race and Citizenship in the Post-War American South” presented by Dr. Tam Hoskisson.
Session Readings: America’s War Edward Ayers, Editor; Chapters 25, 27, 28 and March Geraldine Brooks, Chapters 17-19
Tam Hoskisson is a full time History Instructor at Salt Lake Community College who received her Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University whose research has focused on the contexts of historical memory and ways specific cultures engage in rewriting their pasts in response to perceived crises.

Dr. Hoskisson’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring all the contributing lecturers. This session is free and open to the public.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: (801) 524-8200