2018 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecturer

The Center for the Southwest announces the 2017-2018 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture.

The Center for the Southwest announces the 2017-2018 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture.  Historian Megan Kate Nelson will present “Why the Civil War West Mattered,” on Thursday, October 26, at 6:00 pm in the Hibben Auditorium on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

The lecture will feature a discussion of the Civil War in the American West, a facet of the national conflict often overshadowed by bloody battles in the East.  Nelson is the author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (2012) and Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (2005).  Nelson won a 2017 NEH Public Scholar Award for her current work in progress, Path of the Dead Man: How the West was Won – and Lost – During the American Civil War. The book will be published by Scribner in 2019.

Megan Kate Nelson is a writer, historian, and cultural critic. Based in Lincoln, Massachusetts, she has written about Civil War and western history for the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Civil War Times, and writes a regular column on Civil War popular culture, “Stereoscope,” for Civil War Monitor.  Her widely read history blog, Historista examines the “surprising and weird ways that people engage with history in everyday life.”

Nelson earned her BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and her PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and has taught at Texas Tech University, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard, and Brown.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.  A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.  For more information about Nelson, please visit her website at www.megankatenelson.com

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