Fall 2011 Civil War Lecture Series at GCC

The Civil War Lecture Series will continue during the fall of 2011 at Genesee Community College in Batavia. All talks begin at 7:00pm and will be held in room T102. Lectures are FREE and open to the public.

Sept. 13th — Prof. Derek Maxfield, Instructor of History at GCC, “From the Beautiful Death to the Commodification of Death: Changing Deathways in Victorian America”

The American Civil War was certainly a seminal event in our history. Historians have argued that it profoundly shaped politics, society, economics, and culture. But we are only beginning to understand how the Civil War changed our conceptions of death. This talk will explore how Victorian culture created a culture of death, and how that changed over the course of the 19th century. The pivot point, as we shall see, was the Civil War.

Other lectures:

October 4th — Sarah Handley, PhD Candidate at the University of Buffalo. Title TBA.

November 1st — Prof. Garth Swanson, Assoc. Prof. of History at GCC. Title to TBA.

December 13th — Sue Conklin, Genesee County Historian


About Derek Maxfield

Associate Professor of History Genesee Community College
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