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Rhodes Professor To Lead Civil War Discussion Series Starting in January at Public Library

Publication Date: 12/20/2012

Making Sense of the American Civil War, which is a scholar-led reading and discussion program occurring in libraries across Tennessee in 2013, will be held in Memphis at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library January through March. Rhodes History Professor Dr. Timothy Huebner will facilitate the five free sessions, each to be held 6 -7:30 p.m. in the Memphis Room of the library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue.

The series includes the following books that serve as a springboard for broader discussions about monumental social and political divides in our nation’s past and present and on prospects for the future of civility in American life:

  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPhearson
  • America′s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries edited by Ed Ayers

Here are the Memphis dates:

  • Jan. 10 - Imagining War (Reading: March)
  • Jan. 31 - Choosing Sides (Reading: America′s War)
  • Feb. 21 - Making Sense of Shiloh (Reading: America′s War)
  • Mar. 14 - The Shape of War (Reading: Crossroads of Freedom)
  • Mar. 28 - War and Freedom (Reading: America′s War)

Making Sense of the American Civil War is presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, and coordinated locally by Humanities Tennessee.

More about Professor Timothy Huebner . . .

A specialist in the history of the American South and the constitutional and legal history of the United States, Huebner is the author of two books, The Southern Judicial Tradition: State Judges and Sectional Distinctiveness, 1790-1890 and The Taney Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy. Currently, he is writing Liberty and Union, a book on the Civil War and Reconstruction period, for use in undergraduate courses.

At Rhodes, Huebner teaches courses on the History of the American South, U.S. Constitutional History, and the Civil War and Reconstruction era. In 2004, he was named the Tennessee Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In fall 2011, one of his classes at Rhodes was featured on “Lectures in History” on CSPAN-3.

Those with specific inquiries about Making Sense of the American Civil War can contact Wang-Ying Glasgow, adult services coordinator at the Memphis Public Library, at 901-415-2709.

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