Edward L. Ayers, Ph.D.,
the president of the University of Richmond, launched the series with a fabulous lunchtime lecture entitled "Where Did Freedom Come From?" on May 21, 2012. Many of the resources Dr. Ayers referred to in his talk can be found at:
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A teacher and scholar of American history, Dr. Edwards was named president of the University of Richmond in 2007. One of the nation's leading scholars on the history of the American South, Ayers is the author ofThe Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction (1992), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In addition to his administrative responsibilities and scholarly pursuits, Ayers also remains active as a teacher. For his outstanding work in the classroom, Ayers was named the 2003 National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Support and Advancement of Education. Prior to joining the University of Richmond, Ayers was the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he had taught since 1980. Ayers received his BA, summa cum laude, in American Studies from the University of Tennessee and his PhD, also in American Studies, from Yale University.
Gary Gallagher, Ph.D.,
of the University of Virginia continued the series with "'Conduct Must Conform to the New Order of Things': Robert E. Lee and the Question of Loyalty" on November 14, 2012.
Dr. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1998. He is the recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2010-2012, the highest teaching award conveyed by the University. Dr. Gallagher is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including The Confederate War; Lee and His Generals in War and Memory; The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History; and The Union War. He serves as editor of two book series at the University of North Carolina Press and has appeared regularly on the A&E Network's series, Civil War Journal.
article from The Lovett School's student-run newspaper, the Onlion
, entitled "Understanding 'Our Greatest National Crisis' with Visiting Civil War Historian Dr. Gary Gallagher" by student Ashley Taylor.
Dr. George W. McDaniel
, a member of Lovett’s Class of 1962 and a
former faculty member, presented "The Civil War, Vietnam, and the Shaping of Values" on Thursday, January 31. He told the story of his great-grandmother's
Civil War experience as a young girl near Jonesboro as well as his own
experience as a soldier in Vietnam--connecting how their journeys
through war did so much to shape their values.
Dr. McDaniel is executive director of
Drayton Hall, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic
Preservation in Charleston, S.C. He was a member of Lovett’s first
graduating class in 1962 and after taking his B.A. in history from
Sewanee, he returned to teach for a year. Later, he joined the Peace
Corps but was one of the few drafted from it, and served in the First
Infantry Division in Vietnam, 1969-70. He then took an M.A.T. in history
from Brown University and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University and
has devoted his career to education and historic preservation. From
1985-89, he directed education and public programs at the Atlanta
Ted DeLaney of Washington and Lee University presented "Frederick Douglass, Millennialism, and the Civil War" on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
DeLaney is presently writing the story of school desegregation in four
Virginia counties, a result of an oral history project involving
extensive interviews with former public school students, teachers, and
administrators in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v.
Board of Education decision. His research and teaching interests
include colonial North America, comparative slavery in the Western
hemisphere, African American history, Civil Rights, and gay and lesbian
Dr. DeLaney received his Ph.D. from the College of William
and Mary and his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, where serves
as the head of the History Department.
The Civil War and the Forging of Character | Ted DeLaney, Ph.D. from Cinema Lovett on Vimeo.
Dr. David W. Blight presented "Emancipation at 150: How Does the Civil War Have a Hold on Our Historical Imagination?" in conjunction with the Atlanta History Center's exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello, on May 8, at the Atlanta History Center.
Dr. Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American
History at Yale University, joining that faculty in January 2003. Dr.
Blight is well-known as the author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
, which received eight book awards. His newest book, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era
is an intellectual history of Civil War memory, rooted in the work of
Robert Penn Warren, Bruce Catton, Edmund Wilson, and James Baldwin. He
is currently writing a biography of Frederick Douglass to be published
in 2013. Blight works in many capacities in the world of public
history, including on boards of museums and historical societies, and
as a member of a small team of advisors to the 9/11 Memorial and
Museum. He is also a frequent book reviewer for several newspapers and
is a consultant to many documentary films.
Blight received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and
an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. He has taught
at Amherst College, Harvard University, and North Central College in
Naperville, Ill., and was a public high school teacher in his hometown,
David W. Blight, Ph.D. from Cinema Lovett on Vimeo.