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Southern Studies Program's Civil War Memory Series Returns

January 18, 2012

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037,

MACON – Mercer University’s Civil War Memory Series continues this month with the rescheduled Lamar Memorial Lectures. The Lamar lecturer, originally scheduled for last fall, is historian and author Dr. Gary Gallagher, who will present three lectures around the theme “Becoming Confederates: Three Paths to a New National Loyalty.” The lectures will be held Jan. 26 and 27 in the Medical School Auditorium on the University’s Macon campus, and all three are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by Mercer’s Southern Studies Department.

Dr. Gallagher’s lectures are the 54th annual installment of the Lamar Lectures, which have become the most prominent lecture series on Southern culture and history. Over the years, the series has welcomed presentations by renowned historians, sociologists and literary scholars.

The three lectures are: “Consistent Conservative: Jubal A. Early’s ‘Patriotic Submission,’” to be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 26; “More than a Virginian: Robert E. Lee, Secession and War” at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 26; and “Youth and Sectionalism: Stephen Dodson Ramseur’s Easy Transfer of Loyalty,” at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27.

Dr. Gallagher, the James L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia, is the author of five books on Civil War history, including The Union War; Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War; Lee and His Army in Confederate History; Lee and His Generals in War and Memory and The Confederate War.

The series also includes two lectures later in the spring semester. The first will be given by Dr. Fitz Brundage at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the Medical School Auditorium. Dr. Brundage is the William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of the Lillian Smith Award-winning book The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory.

Robert Cook will present the second lecture at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 in the Medical School Auditorium. Cook is research fellow at the Marcus Cunliffe Centre for the Study of the American South at University of Sussex and author of Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965.

About the Lamar Lecture Series
Made possible by the bequest of the late Eugenia Dorothy Blount Lamar, the Lamar Lecture Series began in 1957. The series promotes the permanent preservation of Southern culture, history and literature. Given each fall, it is recognized as the most important series on Southern history and literature in the United States. Speakers have included nationally and internationally known scholars, such as Cleanth Brooks, James C. Cobb and Eugene Genovese. All lectures are original and are published as books following the lectures.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals – Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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