Spring 2012 Civil War Lecture Series

Beginning February 7th, Genesee Community College will again host the popular Civil War Lecture Series. This series, organized by Civil War historian Derek Maxfield, continues the college’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. All lectures are free and open to the public. They all begin at 7:00pm in room T102 in the Conable Technology Building.

February 7th — “Goats of War” with Prof. Derek Maxfield, GCC

Every war produces heroes and goats. The Civil War is no exception. Some were military leaders who were in over their heads. Others were on the track to glory before falling into disgrace. There were political generals with no training in military arts, and the politicians who could not acknowledge or accept their own incompetence. The one thing they all have in common is a role in a conflict that produces a lot of goats.

March 6th — “Until Every Negro Has Been Slaughtered”: Remembering United States Colored Troops at the Crater” with Kevin Levin, author of upcoming book Remembering the Battle of the Crater

Based on research contained in his upcoming book, Levin will examine the infamous Battle of the Crater during the Civil War highlighting the role of African-American troops.

April 3rd — “From Bondage to Freedom” with Kevin Cottrell, Founder of Motherland Connextions

As a local Historian, Preservationist, Educator and Entrepreneur, Kevin Cottrell has been lecturing both locally and nationally on the topic of the Underground Railroad especially as it relates to Western New York, and Southern Ontario. Now days Cottrell leads “Motherland Connextions”, a heritage tourism group that conducts tours with African-American Heritage as a theme throughout the country and now the world.

May 1st — “The Longstreets in War and Peace” with Dr. Terrianne Schulte, D’Youville College

The American Civil War affected families throughout the North and South for years after the fighting ended. This talk explores the impact of the war and its aftermath on a well-known and controversial Southern family, the Longstreets, focusing in particular on Confederate General James Longstreet, his second wife, Helen Dortch Longstreet, and his uncle, Judge Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, the author of Georgia Scenes.


About Derek Maxfield

Associate Professor of History Genesee Community College
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