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Arkansas State University

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War: Home

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About the Programs

The Dean B. Ellis Library at Arkansas State University is one of 65 libraries that has received a $3,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to present different outreach programs to accommodate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.”

The Library is working in collaboration with the Heritage Studies Department and is receiving additional assistance from the Arkansas History Commission. Dr. Gary Edwards, Associate Professor of History, is our project scholar.

All events are free and opened to the public.  Programs are held on Tuesday afternoons on the 3rd floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. 

Participants who register for all discussions will receive a free copy of each book.


Dean B. Ellis Library
322 University Loop West Circle
Third Floor
(870) 972-3077
www.library.astate.edu

Map & Directions


Heritage Studies
PO Box 69
(870) 972-3509
www2.astate.edu/a/
heritage-studies/


Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 682-6900
www.ark-ives.com/

Inclement Weather

Please check the ASU website or KAIT8 for campus closings due to bad weather. 

If any discussions get canceled, we will have a make-up on April 10, 2012.

Images

Harris Flanaginthe, seventh governor of Arkansas, had his four-year term cut short when he surrendered Arkansas’s Confederate government following the surrender of the Trans-Mississippi Department at the end of the Civil War.

Arkansas Confederate soldiers

David Owen Dodd (1846 - 1864), known as the "Boy Martyr of the Confederacy," was hanged as a Confederate spy by Union forces at Little Rock, January 8, 1864.

Colored Troops Returning to Little Rock - Drawing by Alfred Waud

Colored Troops Returning to Little Rock - Drawing by Alfred Waud

Parking

Parking Map

Register

To join the book discussions, fill out our online registration form.

or contact either:

April Sheppard
Library, Room 230
(870) 972-2766
asheppard@astate.edu

or

Linda Creibaum
(870) 972-3354
lcreibaum@astate.edu

Let’s Talk About It Programs

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Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War is a scholar-led reading and discussion program for public audiences, presented by the ALA Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities(NEH) as part of ALA's Let's Talk About It public programming.

Let's Talk About It is a reading and book discussion program model launched on a nationwide level for libraries by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982. The program model involves reading a common series of books selected by a nationally known scholar, and discussing them in the context of a larger, overarching theme. Reading and discussion groups explore the theme through the lens of the humanities – that is, by relating the readings to historical trends and events, other works of literature, philosophical and ethical considerations.

Sponsors

National Endowment for the Humanities

American Library Association


Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Images

Henry Massie Rector, Governor of Arkansas 1860 - Nov 1862

Samuel Ryan Curtis - Union general famous for his role in the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War. Fought in several Arkansas battles including Pea Ridge.