Stephen Berry: "CSI Dixie: Medical Science and Death Investigation in the 19th Century South"

This is a Throwback Therapies: History of Medical Science Series Lecture by Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era and co-founder of the Center for Virtual History at UGA.

The lecture focuses on the increasing role of medical science in establishing precise causes of death in the 19th-century U. S., which in turn created a more precise and robust understanding of public health. The data is drawn from two sources—the South's county coroners' office records, 1800-1900 and the federal Mortality Censuses, which began in 1850 and ended in 1890.

Historian Catherine Clinton: "The Assassination of Mary Lincoln"

Award-winning historian Catherine Clinton, author of Mary Lincoln: A Life (HarperCollins, 2009) delivers a short lecture on the myriad tragedies suffered by Mary Lincoln in the aftermath of her husband's murder. Inconsolable in grief, Mary Lincoln was then herself the victim of character assassination in stories that were circulated first by her enemies, then by her biographers and her historians. Come hear the "other half" of the assassination story in the sesquicentennial season of the aftermath of the Civil War.

Regent: A Short History of British Abolitionism

Padraic X. Scanlan is a historian of the British Empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is finishing a book entitled MacCarthy's Skull, a history of the abolition of the British slave trade in Sierra Leone. His new research project examines efforts to statistically quantify the development of "civilization" in post-emancipation societies, particularly the development of metrics to measure literacy, morality, religiosity, and degrees of "idleness" and employment. He is Assistant Professor of History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Gregory Distinguished Lecture: Martha Hodes

"Mourning Lincoln: The Assassination and the Aftermath of the Civil War," presented by  Martha Hodes, a professor of history at New York University. Public responses to Lincoln's assassination have been well chronicled, but Hodes is the first to delve into personal and private responses—of African-Americans and whites, yankees and confederates, men and women, soldiers and civilians—investigating the story of the nation's first presidential assassination on a human scale.

Lunchtime Time Machine: Why did a conservative housewife, an accountant, and the 1964 Republican presidential nominee go green?

This installment of the History Department’s undergraduate lecture series is presented by Dr. Brian Drake. Professor Drake teaches the second half of the U.S. history survey and courses in environmental history. His recent book, Loving Nature, Fearing the State, focuses on the relationship of the postwar American environmental movement to postwar politics and ideology.

Students of all majors welcome. Free pizza. This is an FYO event.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson to present UGA Charter Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and legal scholar Edward Larson will return to the University of Georgia to deliver the Charter Lecture titled "George Washington and America's Second Revolution." Larson taught at UGA for two decades, serving as chair of the history department as well as the Richard B. Russell Professor of American History and holder of the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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