Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The American Civil War Comes to Southern Illinois

Steven E. Woodworth

The American Civil War is coming to southern Illinois next week!

John A. Logan Community College will be hosting their Third Annual Civil War Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 17. This year’s featured speaker is Steven E. Woodworth. His presentation is titled, “Black Jack’s Autumn Campaign: John A. Logan and the Election of 1864.”

Woodworth is professor of history at Texas Christian University and author, co-author, or editor of 26 books! He is a two-time winner of the Fletcher Pratt Award of the New York Civil War Round Table (for Jefferson Davis and his Generals and Davis and Lee at War), a Pulitzer-Prize nominee (for the latter), a two-time finalist for the Peter Seaborg Award of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War (for While God is Marching On and Nothing but Victory), and a winner of the Grady McWhiney Award of the Dallas Civil War Round Table for lifetime contribution to the study of Civil War history.

The lecture begins at 7 pm in the Conference Center and is free of charge, but registration is encouraged. Call 618.985.3741 for more details.

But the fun doesn’t stop there.

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

John A. Logan Community College will also be hosting a concert on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm.

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay’s composition, “Ashokan Farewell,” became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on PBS. The soundtrack won a Grammy and “Ashokan Farewell” was nominated for an Emmy. Jay and Molly are musicians of enormous talent who draw their repertoire and inspiration from a wide range of American musical styles: 19th-century classics, lively Appalachian, Cajun, and Celtic fiddle tunes and favorites from the golden age of country and swing, along with their own songs, fiddle tunes, and orchestral compositions. In recent years, Jay and Molly have reached an ever widening audience through their appearances on Great Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, their own public radio specials, and through their work on film soundtracks such as, Brother’s Keeper, Legends of the Fall, and a host of Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries.

$10 = Gen Admission

$5 = Students

$5 = Children under 12

For tickets, call 618.985.2828 Ext. 8287

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