Penn State laureate to visit York campus to discuss Civil War leadership

April 07, 2016

YORK, Pa. — Carol Reardon, the 2015-16 Penn State laureate and the George Winfree Professor of American History at Penn State, will speak at noon on Thursday, April 14, in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building at Penn State York. Reardon will talk about Civil War leadership. The event is free and open to the public.

Reardon succeeds Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre, who served as the Penn State Laureate in the 2014-15 academic year. According to Penn State President Eric Barron, Reardon's scholarship and teaching on military history, Civil War strategy, and leadership have helped shape our nation's understanding of military conflicts.

Established in 2008, the Penn State laureate is a full-time University faculty member in the humanities or fine arts who is assigned for one academic year to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences. Reardon has traveled throughout the Commonwealth speaking at Penn State campuses.

Reardon is a military historian who specializes in the study of the American Civil War and the Vietnam conflict to explore how peoples and cultures define, support or oppose, or remember the causes, conduct, costs and consequences of war. As the first woman to win election to the presidency of the Society for Military History, she strongly promoted an approach to military history that expanded from its base in battle and campaign analyses to embrace a more sophisticated discourse about war that integrates all the "elements of national power" — political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural forces, as well as military — to promote a deeper understanding of the many ways in which armed conflict or opposition to it touches our civic and personal lives.

Reardon’s work focuses on how memory shapes historical interpretation. She is the author of numerous publications, including the award-winning book “Pickett's Charge in History and Memory.” In addition to traditional classroom teaching, she also conducts "staff rides" to Civil War battlefields, manages open-air classrooms, and is heavily involved in continuing education for military personnel.

In 2007, she received the coveted George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest award given for teaching at Penn State.

In addition to her public presentation at noon, Reardon will speak with students taking an international relations class with Jon Price, instructor in history and political science and Division of Undergraduate Studies adviser, who coordinated her visit. She will speak in Price’s  8 a.m. class to discuss Vietnam and the Vietnam War. Following the public presentation at noon, Reardon will have lunch with student-veterans and representatives in the academic affairs office.

Reardon holds a doctorate from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.

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Last Updated April 07, 2016