Tuesday October 27, 7:00 p.m. “America’s Original Opioid Crisis: Civil War Veterans and Opiate Addiction.” A free lecture and discussion with Penn State postdoc Dr. Jonathan Jones. The Civil War ignited an epidemic of opiate addiction, the first in American history, and thousands of veterans struggled with drug dependency in the war’s aftermath. This talk investigates the phenomenon of opiate addiction in the Civil War era, illuminating themes such as wartime medical conditions, ideas about pain and manhood in the nineteenth-century, and the fate of ailing Civil War veterans in the Gilded Age. Online webinar; click here to register (for free) in advance.
Monday November 30, 7:00 p.m. “The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory.” A free lecture and discussion with Dr. Adam H. Domby, assistant professor of history at the College of Charleston. Dr. Domby will discuss Lost Cause myths, legends, and falsehoods as well as the creation of Confederate monuments. In examining tall tales, Dr. Domby will expose how white supremacy has long been connected to narratives about the past. Online webinar; click here to register (for free) in advance.