Dr. Edward Ayers, the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond, will deliver a lecture titled “Reckoning with Ourselves: The Civil War and Its Memories” as this year’s installment of University of Mobile’s Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series.
According to Dr. Lonnie Burnett, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UM and director of the lecture series, Ayers will examine how the lasting effect of our nation’s greatest internal conflict still dominates our contemporary discourse.
The talk will be held Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the recently-renovated Weaver Auditorium on the University of Mobile campus. The program, which includes the lecture and a book signing, is free and open to the public.
Ayers received a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He received a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University in 1980. He has written and edited 12 books, including “In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America,” winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Beveridge Prize; and” The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction,” a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His new book, “The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America,” recently won the Lincoln Prize.
In addition to being named National Professor of the Year, President Barack Obama awarded Ayers the National Humanities Medal in 2013. He served as president of the Organization of American Historians during the 2017-18 term.
Over four decades of work of writing history, experimenting with digital scholarship, collaborating in public history, and teaching and leading in higher education, Ayers has tried to find new ways to connect people with the American past, Burnett said.
The Billy G. Hinson Series was established by the University of Mobile College of Arts and Sciences to present academic programs dealing with major topics in American history. The series is named in honor of Dr. Billy Hinson, long-time history professor at the university. For more information, contact Burnett at 251.442.2319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.