Ed Ayers selected as the inaugural speaker for the Foundation's Warren F. Chauncey Lecture Series in American History

September 23, 2016

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation presents the Warren F. Chauncey Lecture Series in American History featuring Edward L. Ayers on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6 pm. Free and open to the public, the 30-minute lecture entitled “The Mystery of Emancipation and Reconstruction” will be followed by Q&A and will take place at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation in Foundation Hall.

President Emeritus of the University of Richmond and former Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, Ayers is a distinguished scholar of the American South and has authored or edited ten books, including In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863 (2003), which was awarded the 2004 Albert J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association and the 2004 Bancroft Prize for Distinguished Book in American History from Columbia University. His volume The Promise of the New South: Life after Reconstruction (1992) was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and was chosen as the best book on the history of American race relations and on the history of the American South. Ayers is co-host of BackStory with the American History Guys, a nationally syndicated radio show and podcast.

Space at the Warren F. Chauncey Lecture Series is limited. Please call or e-mail the Foundation in advance to reserve a seat at (434) 243-9029 or jeffsch@virginia.edu.