The GCC History Club is proud to announce the line-up for the Spring 2017 Historical Horizons Lecture Series. As always, the lectures are FREE and open to the public.
“Adams and Jefferson: A Revolutionary Friendship”
-Derek Maxfield, Assoc. Professor of History, GCC
Two of the most important men in American History are John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. From the time they met in Philadelphia in 1775 until their deaths in 1826, these two men had a most fascinating relationship; much of the time it was one of admiration and love, but it was interrupted by a period of intense partisan strife that nearly ended the friendship. Come hear the intriguing story of how the friendship was restored.
“Wilsonian Diplomacy at a Crossroads—1917: Missionaries of Democracy or Merchants of Death”
-Garth Swanson, Professor of History, GCC
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. In his presentation, Professor Garth Swanson takes a fresh look at the events that brought about the nation’s engagement in the war. The lecture will focus on the complex domestic and diplomatic issues that challenged Woodrow Wilson’s internationalist vision of a new world order.
“Standing in the shadow of a giant: The life and labors of Col. Charles Marshall of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Staff”
-Henry Pogodzinski, retired teacher & re-enactor
Most known as a Confederate aide de camp and assistant adjutant general to Gen. Robert E. Lee during the Civil War, Col. Charles Marshall is a fascinating figure. But most people don’t know that Marshall was a one-time professor of mathematics at Indiana University and a successful attorney. Come learn more about the man who penned Gen. Lee’s famous farewell address.
“The American Flag: The History, the Facts and the Myths”
-George McCaughey, retired social studies teacher
No, Betsy Ross did not design the first American flag. Like the story of Washington and the cherry tree, the quaint old story of the flag is myth. In fact, there is much about the American flag, its design and evolution that is interesting. This lecture will explore that compelling story.
All events are in room T102 of the Conable Technology Bldg. and begin at 7:00 PM.