Sesquicentennial Scholar:
James McPherson ’58

April 16-17

Gustavus students, alumni, and friends will have a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from Pulitzer Prize winning author James McPherson ’58 on April 16 and 17. McPherson is the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University and one of our greatest living Civil War Historians. He has written numerous books, including Battle Cry of Freedom, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989; For Cause and Comrades, which won the prestigious Lincoln Prize in 1998; and Tried by War, which won the 2009 Lincoln Prize. McPherson will visit classrooms, speak at Chapel, and give a public lecture in the Twin Cities.

Monday, April 16, 2012

10 a.m. Chapel Speaker, Christ Chapel
McPherson will give a brief talk titled "Two Sesquicentennials: New Beginnings." The Chapel event is open to the public and will be live streamed on the Gustavus website.

10:30 a.m. Book Signing, President's Dining Room, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
McPherson's books will be available for purchase and he will be signing books until 11:30 a.m. The book signing is open to the public.

12 p.m. Lunch with History Majors, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
McPherson will dine with current history students. This lunch is closed to the public.

1:30 p.m. Civil War Seminar
McPherson will attend Prof. Greg Kaster's Civil War Seminar. This class is closed to the public.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

McPherson will attend a class in the morning and will be available for media interviews in the Twin Cities in the afternoon.

4:30 p.m. Reception, Interlachen Country Club, Edina
This cash bar reception is open to the public.

5 p.m. Lecture, Interlachen Country Club
McPherson will present a lecture titled "Why the Civil War Still Matters." There will be limited time for questions. The lecture is open to the public, RSVP requested.

6 p.m. Book Signing, Interlachen Country Club
McPherson's books will be available for purchase and he will be signing books until 6:30 p.m. This book signing is open to the public.

Contact Dr. Gregory Kaster, professor of history, at 507-933-7421 or gkaster@gustavus.edu for more information.