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Civil War History and Digital Humanities--Dr. Edward Ayers

September 22, 2016

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lee Chapel

Julie Cline

The title of Ayers’ talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Civil War History and Digital Humanities.”

His talk is sponsored by the Digital Humanities Committee and funded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Ayers has written and edited 11 books including “The Promise of the New South: Life after Reconstruction,” which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. “In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863” won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history .

A pioneer in digital history, Ayers’ website, “The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War,” has attracted millions of users and has won major prizes in teaching of history.

He is the co-editor of the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States at the University of Richmond and is co-host for “BackStory with the American History Guys,” a nationally syndicated public radio program.

In 2013, Ayers received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.