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GCC Unveils Historical Horizons Lectures Series and a New History Club

July 29, 2015

Batavia, NY- As a follow up to Genesee Community College’s successful Civil War Initiative established in 2011 and included numerous lectures, encampments, parades, Victorian balls and the Heritage Heroes recognition ceremony in Orleans County, GCC founded a new history club which is proudly sponsoring a new lecture series called Historical Horizons. Starting this September, and continuing on each first Wednesday of the month, a different dynamic speaker will be offering new topics about historical events, people, places and topics that continue to impact the world today.

“The success of the Civil War Initiative continues with the GCC’s new History Club and our Historical Horizons Lecture series,” Derek Maxfield, GCC’s associate professor of History said. “As the end of the Civil War Initiative approached, many people asked me, ‘So what’s next? Does that mean no more lectures? No more living history events?’ Thankfully with the support of our new History Club, we can continue the lecture series, and open it up to any historical topic. It is my hope that we can build on that in the future and support living history events and heritage festivals.”

The fall 2015 semester lineup for the Historical Horizons speakers includes:

• Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

Tom Schobert, president of Buffalo Civil War Roundtable and Robert E. Lee impressionist will kick off the series with “The Alamo – The Myth, the Reality…and John Wayne!.” Like other high-profile events in American history, the story of the Alamo is shrouded in legends and myths. This lecture will cover the known facts as well as the legends and lore, and also how John Wayne got involved.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

• Kristopher D. White will present, “Hell’s Half-Acre: The Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania.” White, co-author of “A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House,” is an adjunct professor of History at Allegany Community College, and also co-founder of Emerging Civil War online journal. He will explore the reasons for this bloody battle, the innovative tactics used to break the Confederate lines, and tell the horrific tales from the men who were trapped in a no-man’s land between two armies.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

• Jim Simon, GCC associate dean of Orleans County Campus Centers, will explore how the philosophy of history impacts politics and culture in a talk entitled, “The Philosophy of History: What does it Matter?” From the recent Supreme Court case legalizing gay marriage to the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol, Simon will discuss how history informs students, teachers, citizens and policy makers in the 21st century.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 7 p.m. / Batavia Campus / T102

• In “Recalling Reconstruction: The Ugly Story of a Splendid Failure,” Derek Maxfield, GCC associate professor of History will discuss the end of the Civil War and how President Lincoln counseled his generals not to gloat in victory and to avoid bitterness and animosity. “Let ’em up easy,” he said. Lincoln did not live to oversee the Reconstruction, which wound up taking a dark turn.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and take place in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building at 7 p.m. Maxfield also encourages attendees to stay tuned for other dates at Genesee Community College campus centers.


For more information go to: https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com/ or contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.


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Editor’s Note:

For a poster of the Lecture Series call GCC Marketing Communications Office at 585-343-0055 x 6616