Marszalek Speaker Series

Dr. William C. "Jack" Davis and James S. Kinsey (2010/03/24)

The John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series continued at MSU Libraries on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's John Grisham Room. Featured lecturers for this installment of the series were Virginia Center for Civil War Studies program director William C. "Jack" Davis and MSU doctoral student James S. Kinsey. Dr. Davis' presentation is entitled "General Grant's Grandson and the Awakening of a Historian," and Mr. Kinsey's presentation is entitled "Lost Limbs and Livelihood in the Mississippi Hill Country: Disabled Confederate Veterans and their Families in Rural Communities, 1863-1890."

William C. "Jack" Davis is a professor of history at Virginia Tech University and consulting editor for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's Stackpole Books. Davis holds degrees from California's Sonoma State College (now University) and is recognized nationally as a preeminent Civil War authority. Featured regularly on various History Channel programs, Davis is the author of more than 50 books and of numerous documentary screenplays.

A former National Historical Society president, Davis has served as a consultant for several television and film productions, including "The Blue and the Gray," "North and South," "George Washington," and "The Perfect Tribute." A Society of American Historians Fellow, he is a three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award, given for book-length works on Confederate history. Davis' most recent work is The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf (Harcourt, 2005).

KinseyMr. Kinsey holds a bachelor's degree is social welfare from the University of Arkansas and a master's degree in history from Jackson State University.

The John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series was established in 2002 by John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek and by the Mississippi State University Libraries to encourage use of primary source materials related to American History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Jacksonian America, and Race Relations. The Series includes papers presented by university students and a lecture by an established historian of national reputation. The Marszalek Library Fund is a special fund used annually to purchase primary source materials to be added to the holdings of Mitchell Memorial Library.

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