Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, by Tony Horwitz is available at the Moraine Valley Library and Bookstore.

Events

2013

A Soldier’s Life: Service in the Union and Confederate Armies Featuring Josh Fulton
Thursday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Building L, Library Lounge
We hear often of the leaders of the Civil War, of Lincoln, Davis, and their images. This presentation examines a common soldier's perspective of the conflict in both armies--how they lived, fought, and endured.

The Roots of Jazz: An Aural History and Performance featuring Doug Bratt and Members of the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble
Thursday, Feb. 21, 12:30- 1:45 p.m.
Building L, Library Lounge
Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble director Douglass Bratt and friends present a musical performance and discussion chronicling the origin and evolution of jazz from its roots in American folk, blues and popular music of the late 19th century to the present day styles found on stages and in the clubs and concert halls of today.

Anti-Slavery Societies, Feminism, and Sophia Peabody Hawthorne Featuring Carey Millsap-Spears
Wednesday, March 6, 11 a.m. – Noon
Building L, Library Lounge
Faculty member Carey Millsap-Spears discusses the life of artist Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, wife of noted author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sofia’s life offers us a glimpse into 19th century New England leading up to and through the U.S. Civil War, illustrating that sometimes a woman’s worst enemy is the idealized character of the angel in the house who leaves her creative self behind.

Grand Strategy North and South: Why the Confederates Never Had a Chance Featuring Jim McIntyre
Thursday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Building L, Library Lounge
Was the Confederacy doomed to failure? Historian Jim McIntyre says, “yes,” and he intends to tell us why in this lecture on military strategy during the U..S Civil War.

Currency of the Civil War Era: Depictions of the Institution of Slavery on American Currency
Wednesday, April 3, Noon-1 p.m.
Building L, Library Lounge
Faculty member Rick Aztlan explores the role of the institution of slavery in the U.S. economy during the Civil War era through money. Mr. Aztlan will discuss bank notes used in the North and the South and how these notes depicted slaves and slavery. This view connects economics, imagery, culture, and race into a unique understanding of our past with implications for our present.

Illinois, Chicago, and the Civil War: Special Lecture on the US Civil War featuring Dr. Theodore Karamanski
Wednesday, April 24, Noon-1 p.m.
Building L, Library Lounge
Join us for a special discussion about the U.S. Civil War featuring noted historian Theodore Karamanski of Loyola University Chicago. This event is organized by the Moraine Valley History Department.

2012

Open Book Discussion
Wednesday, Sept. 5, Noon
Building L, Library Lounge
Bring your lunch and join our librarians in a discussion of Confederates in the Attic.

Featured Event: Tony Horwitz Visits Moraine Valley
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.
Building M, Moraine Business and Conference Center
Join us as we welcome our One Book author, Tony Horwitz, to campus for a discussion about his book and the important issues he raises. This event is sponsored by Moraine Valley's Liberal Arts Subdivision. It is free and open to the public.
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What Does It Mean to Be An "American"?: Identity, History and Self
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.
Building L, Library Lounge
Sociologist Ricky Cobb, assistant professor of Sociology, discusses the American identity. What does it mean to be an American? What are the routes or identity, and how is the connected to our culture?
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What's at Stake in The 2012 Election
Wednesday, Oct. 3, Noon
Building L, Library Lounge
Moraine Valley faculty members discuss the November elections.
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Historians Discuss Confederates in the Attic and the U.S. Civil War
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 11 a.m.
Building L, Library Lounge
Moraine Valley history faculty present a panel discussion on the U.S. Civil War and themes referred to by Confederates in the Attic.

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments
Thursday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.
Building L, Library Lounge
Faculty members from Moraine Valley's Psychology and Counseling departments discuss post traumatic stress disorder, exploring the sources of the disorder and the views presented by current research.
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