October 29, 2010
Stephenson Center for Appalachia presents lecture by Civil War scholar and novelist David Madden November 11

Has the Civil War always fascinated you? Are you an unreconstructed Rebel or a dyed in the blue Union supporter? If so, Lees-McRae College has just the man for you. David Madden, scholar, historian, and novelist will present his lecture, The Tangled Web of the Civil War, on Thursday, November 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Stafford Room of Lees-McRae's Carson Library as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Madden published his first novel in 1961, based on his experience with the merchant marine. Since then he has published a dizzying array of novels, short-story collections, essays, plays, and critical works, as well as several textbooks.

He began his academic career at Appalachian State Teachers College, now ASU. After teaching at several other institutions, he became writer in residence at Louisiana State University from 1968 to 1992 and Director of the Creative Writing Center from 1992 to 1994. He was the founding director of the United States Civil War Center from 1992-1999, and is now Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing, Emeritus.

In addition to his work with the Civil War Center, Madden has published a novel, Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War, and is in the final stages of publishing his book of essays, The Tangled Web of the Civil War.

"Our area played a unique role in the Civil War, with a majority of staunch Unionists in a county surrounded by dedicated Confederates. We look forward to David Madden's program to help us untangle this intricate web of relationships," said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, which sponsors the Stephenson Lecture Series. "We are privileged to have such a talented and informed scholar address this fascinating subject. We invite anyone interested to attend the program."

The lecture is free and open to the public. Lees-McRae invites you to join us for this important program on Thursday, November 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library. For information contact Meghan Wright at 898-8729.

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