Acclaimed military historian to deliver 2009 Brose lectures

February 26, 2009

University Park, Pa. — Carol Reardon, professor of military history at Penn State, will deliver lectures on Civil War strategy, leadership and soldiers for the 2009 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series in the Era of the Civil War, on March 19, 20 and 21, in Pattee Library's Foster Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus.

Sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, the Brose Lectures are free and open to the public, and feature three thematically linked lectures by leading writers, historians, and intellectuals whose work focuses on the era of the American Civil War. The schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m.: "Jomini's Strategic Legacy: Military Theory in the Civil War North."

• Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m.: "Jomini's Guide to Leadership: Genius and Generalship in the Civil War North."

• Saturday, March 21, 3 p.m.: "Jomini Stands Silent: The Union Soldier in Combat during Grant's 1864 Virginia Campaigns."

Reardon's teaching and research center on American military and naval history — especially the Civil War and Vietnam — and the way that memory shapes understanding of historical events. Reardon is the author of numerous publications, including the award-winning book "Pickett's Charge in History and Memory", and most recently, "Launch the Intruders: A Naval Attack Squadron in the Vietnam War, 1972." Reardon has taught at West Point and other military schools, and was recently appointed the General Mark W. Clark Professor of History at The Citadel during spring 2010. Currently, Reardon serves as the first female president of the Society for Military History.

Reardon is a highly sought-after speaker, regularly addressing Civil War Round Tables held nationwide and public historical interest groups including the Smithsonian Institute. Her talks have been broadcast on C-SPAN and she was interviewed for two PBS-TV programs, one on the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the other for Ken Burns' "The Civil War."

Among her many honors, she was recently selected for the Victor Gondos Memorial Service Award by the Society for Military History for service to the Society and efforts to advance the study of military history. Also, in 2007, she received the coveted George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest award given for teaching at Penn State.

Additionally, Reardon serves on the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., and has led numerous military staff rides for the U.S. Army, U.S Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy since 1994.

The Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series in the Era of The Civil War is supported by an endowment established by the Broses in 1998. In 2001 the Brose's added to the endowment, their additional contribution allowing a distinguished lecturer to deliver three related lectures over three days. The series generates books published by the University of North Carolina Press. Past lecturers include Nina Silber, Thomas C. Holt, Gary Gallagher, Mark Noll, Mark Neely, Michael Holt, Drew Faust, and Eric Foner.

For more information on the lectures, the speaker, or the Richards Center, contact the Center at (814) 863-0151, or visit the Web site at

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