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Frieze Lecture: Literature and the Civil War

November  01, 2011

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Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College are partnering to offer a four-week fall Frieze Lecture Series in October and November 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 second lecture Oct. 25, Augustana's 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.

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, October 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, November 1: Dr Lendol Calder, Augustana history department, will speak on the histories that emerged from the War. His remarks will cover how historians have dealt with the war since Appomattox, and include a friendly critique of two dominant views of the war in our own time.

Tuesday, November 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.