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Learn more about the Spring 2012 UMass Lowell Discussion series.
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Discussion Calendar

When is the next discussion?  Find out here:

All events are from 7:00 - 9:00pm.  Sessions will take place at: O'Leary Library (South Campus) room 327.

  • Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012: Session 1: Imagining War
    We will be discussing March by Geraldine Brooks and section 1 from America's War.
  • Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012: Session 2: Choosing Sides
    We will be reading selections from section 2 of America's War.
  • Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012: Session 3: Making Sense of Shiloh
    We will be reading selections from section 3 of America's War.
  • Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012: Session 4: The Shape of War
    We will be reading Crossroad of Freedom: Antietam by James M. McPherson and selections from section 4 of America's War.
  • Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012: Session 5: War and Freedom
    We will be reading selections from sections 5 & 6 of America's War.

Let's Talk About It

The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) present Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, a scholar-led reading and discussion program for public audiences.

The program is part of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War.  Participants will probe meanings of the Civil War that are “hidden in plain sight” behind the key questions and main characters so familiar to us. Program participants may be surprised to encounter in the readings such a large cast of characters, so broad a range of perspectives, and so dense a web of circumstances. After considering the vast sweep and profound breadth of Civil War experience, readers will understand that the American Civil War was not a single thing, or a simple thing. And yet they will also see emancipation—the end of the most powerful system of slavery in the modern world—take its place as the central story of the war.

Adapted from the ALA website description.


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This series is free and open to the public

Please contact your local public library for information on how to borrow copies of the books in this series.

New and used copies of these titles are available for purchase through your local bookstore and through online book sellers.

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