Dr. Michael C.C. Adams to discuss new Civil War book in free public lecture April 10

For immediate release…
Wednesday – March 26, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Dr. Michael C.C. Adams, Northern Kentucky University Regents Professor of History Emeritus, will discuss his new book, “Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War,” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium.

Dr. Adams argues that many Americans tend to think of the Civil War as more glorious and less awful than its reality. Millions of tourists flock to battlefields each year as vacation destinations, their perceptions of the war often shaped by reenactments that seek to present the wear realistically but cannot ultimately simulate mutilation, madness, chronic disease, and advanced physical decay.

In Living Hell, Dr. Adams tries a different tack, clustering the voices of myriad actual participants on the firing line or in the hospital ward to create a virtual historical reenactment.

Admission to his April 10 talk is free; donations will be accepted to support the Drop Inn Center. Donors will be eligible to win one of two autographed copies of “Living Hell.” The book will also be available for purchase. Parking in the Kenton Street Garage will be validated with a parking ticket. Campus map available at http://map.nku.edu.

For more information, call the NKU Department of History and Geography at (859) 572-5461, or contact Professor Bonnie May at mayb@nku.edu.

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