Wills to kick off election series
Brian Wills, a former
professor at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and current director
of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University
in Georgia, will lecture at UVa-Wise on Thursday, April 19.
The lecture, the inaugural
event in the Department of History and Philosophy’s “Dirty Politics and
Political Messiahs” lecture series, is set for 6 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room
of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center. The lecture, “Will the Railsplitter
Split the Nation?” focuses on the presidential election of 1860.
In his discussion, Wills will
examine the great issues of the day along with the four major candidates who
emerged as contenders. The presentation
is one of his first following the release of his most recent book, “George
Henry Thomas: As True as Steel,” which
will be available for sale and signing before and after the lecture.
Wills taught at UVa-Wise for
eighteen years before accepting the directorship of the Center for the Study of
the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. In his career, he has written several books
focusing on the Civil War and is considered a premier scholar in his
field. While at UVa-Wise, he served
several terms as chairman of the Department of History and Philosophy, president
of the Faculty Senate, and received one of only two Outstanding Faculty Awards
ever given by the Commonwealth to a professor at the college.
The lecture series and is sponsored by Appalachian Warfare, a grant from the Slemp Foundation for the study of the local area’s Civil War experience.