BATAVIA – Genesee Community College is pleased to bring its popular Civil War Lecture Series to Hornell this fall. A slate of three lectures will be presented at the Hornell Public Library. All lectures begin at 6:30 PM and are FREE and open to the public. The lecture series is one of many components of the college’s Civil War Initiative. You can follow all CWI activities at: http://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com/
Sept. 24th — “A Plain Businessman of the Republic: An English Professor Reads Grant Memoirs” with Prof. Michael Gosselin, GCC
Published by Mark Twain, Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs are poignant, insightful and even funny. Although a gifted writer, Grant hesitated penning his memoirs but ultimately acquiesced to provide financial security for his family. Join Prof. Gosselin as he examines Grant’s memoirs for its literary value, as well as its historical merits.
Oct. TBA — “The Longstreets in War and Peace” with Dr. Terrianne Schulte, D’Youville College
The American Civil War affected families throughout the North and South for years after the fighting ended. This talk explores the impact of the war and its aftermath on a well-known and controversial Southern family, the Longstreets, focusing in particular on Confederate General James Longstreet, his second wife, Helen Dortch Longstreet, and his uncle, Judge Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, the author of Georgia Scenes.
Nov. 12th — “Lincoln’s Other War” with Robert Yott, Civil War Enthusiast
In order to preserve the Union, Lincoln must court the Border States, manage inept or politically ambitious generals and hold the radical faction of his Party at bay. Add to this Lincoln’s need to manage the enormous egos in his Cabinet, and it is a wonder Lincoln did not go insane. Join us as we recount this incredible juggling act.