Historic Horizons Lecture Series Returns to GCC

The Genesee Community College History Club is thrilled to announce that the Historical Horizons Lecture Series is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The series will begin September 21, 2022 with the very dynamic Dr. Chris Mackowski.

A professor of communication and associate dean of undergraduate programs at the Jandoli School at Saint-Bonaventure University, Mackowski is also the editor of the Emerging Civil War blog. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books. Mackowski resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The first lecture in the series is entitled “And if Jackson were at Gettysburg? exploring the implications of the hypothetical scenario in which Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, instead of dying after the Battle of Chancellorsville, survived and was present at the Battle of Gettysburg from July 1-3, 1863. Mackowski’s Moving Account is just one of those fascinating “What IF” contained in the new book The Big ‘What Ifs’ of the American Civil War: Historians Tackle the Conflict’s Most Intriguing Possibilities, published by Savas Beatie. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

On October 3, 2022, Professor Erik Seeman will present on his book Talking with the dead in early America. Seeman is a professor of history at the University at Buffalo. A historian of the religions of primitive America and the Atlantic world, he is the author of four books and numerous articles. His most recent book, Talking with the Dead in Early America, won the Organization of American Historians’ 2020 Lawrence W. Levine Award for Best Book in American Cultural History. His current project is “Boston’s Pox of 1721: A People’s History”.

To complete the fall 2022 lecture series, Derek Maxfield on November 7, 2022. Associate Professor of History at Genesee Community College and author of two books published by Savas Beatie – HELLMIRA: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp – Elmira, NY and the Next Man of Fire: William Tecumseh Sherman in the Civil War – Maxfield will deliver a lecture entitled “Those Tempestuous Brisbanes”. Following the play ‘Brothers at Odds’, which was performed in June 2022, Maxfield will examine the Brisbane family of Batavia and their import into the region.

All events begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on the Batavia campus. The events are FREE and open to the public. For more information on the Historical Horizons Lecture Series, please contact Derek Maxfield at [email protected] or visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com/2022/08/17/the-historical-horizons-lecture-series -is- return/

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Editor’s note:

A photograph of Dr. Chris Mackowski is available at: https://marketing.genesee.edu/images/MackowskiChris2022.jpg

A photograph of Professor Erik Seeman i

Angela C. Hale