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Frieze Lecture: The Story of the Civil War

November  07, 2011

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The Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College are partnering to offer a four-week fall Frieze Lecture Series on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

This year's theme is Echoes of the Civil War and the free lectures will be at 2 p.m. Tuesdays in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th St. Coffee and conversation follow the lectures.

In this video of the third lecture Nov. 1, Dr. Lendol Calder of the Augustana history department, talks about the histories that emerged from the war amd how historians have dealt with the war since Appomattox.

Now in its 14th year, the annual lectures series is named after the band of 12 authors carved around the top (frieze) of the historic library building.

Other lectures:

Tuesday, Oct. 18: Dr. Jane Simonsen, associate professor of history, talks on the impact of the Civil War on gender roles, how women participated in the war, and the impact of war on the home front. (Video)

Tuesday, Oct. 25: Dr. Kelly Daniels, assistant professor of English, talks about the war's impact on the field of writing and books, novels that owe their origins to the conflict, and how war is viewed through the lens of literature. (Video)

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Dr. Christopher Whitt, Augustana political science department, will speak on the war's legacy in American politics. Dr. Whitt will discuss how the conflict echoed through the political landscape for years to follow after the Civil War. (See preview, "The Civil War is still with us.")