Emporia State’s Boertman Lecture looks at the ruins left behind by war

April 5, 2012

Looking at one soldier’s perspective of four different kinds of ruins left behind from the U.S. Civil War is the topic of this year’s Boertman Lecture.

Megan Kate NelsonDr. Megan Kate Nelson, a lecturer at Harvard University, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Webb Hall at Emporia State University.

“Nelson will tackle the wartime experiences, writings and sketches of Charles F. Morse, an officer in the 2nd Massachusetts,” said Dr. Brian Craig Miller, assistant professor and associate chair of Emporia State’s social sciences department as well as book review editor for Civil War History.

Nelson’s lecture is based on her new book, “Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War,” published by University of Georgia Press. In the book, Nelson examines the narratives and images that citizens on both sides of the conflict discovered they had in common — crumbling buildings, ruined landscapes and lives.

The lecture will include time for questions and copies of “Ruin Nation” will be available for purchase and signing.

The Boertman Lecture, endowed in honor of C. Stewart Boertman who taught at Emporia State for 41 years, is free. Nelson’s appearance is co-sponsored by Emporia State’s Department of Social Sciences and the Lyon County Historical Society.

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