Library to host American Civil War talk series
Friday, August 30, 2013
The Bedford Public Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.”
The library is one of 65 public libraries nationwide that received grants to host the series developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support for the series is provided by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
All programs will be held at the library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. For details or to register, visit www.bedford.lib.nh.us or contact the Reference Desk at 472-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to host this unique series that will allow patrons a chance to discuss the legacy of the Civil War with fellow community members and with the help of a well-qualified scholar,” said library Director Mary Ann Senatro.
Group discussion events will be held two Wednesday evenings in September and three in October at the library on the following works: “March” by Geraldine Brooks, “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson, and “America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories, edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers and co-published by NEH and ALA.
The discussions will be held Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s McAllaster Room.
Keith Williams, assistant professor of English and director of the Honors program at St. Anselm’s College, will lead a discussion of the books at each session. Williams teaches 19th and 20th century African-American literature and American literature and researches slave narratives and neo-slavery texts.
To obtain copies of all program materials, visit the library’s Reference Desk.