Global Georgia Initiative / Ferdinand Phinizy Lecture: Stephanie McCurry – “Reconstructing: A Georgia Woman’s Life Amidst the Ruins”

Columbia University historian Stephanie McCurry will give the department of history’s Ferdinand Phinizy Lecture, an event in the Global Georgia Initiative of the Willson Center. McCurry’s talk is also part of UGA’s Signature Lectures series.McCurry is the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower at Columbia. Her areas of research include the United States in the 19th century, the AmericanSouth, the American Civil War, and the history of women and gender. Sheis the author of Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country (1995) and Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil WarSouth, (2010), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for history.“McCurry’s first book, Masters of Small Worlds, was a stunning recreation of thelives of poor and middling white Southerners in the decades before secession,” said Scott Nelson, professor of history and Athletic Association Professor in the Humanities. “McCurry suggests how slaveholders’ cries of liberty and autonomy occasionally appealed to white South Carolinians who were just scraping by. Her pathbreaking second book, Confederate Reckoning, a study of the whole South in the year before secession, shows that the rush to war was as much a planters’ coup as a popular uprising.”“Stephanie McCurry is a brilliant author and a fabulous speaker,” said Cindy Hahamovich, the B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor of Southern History at UGA. “She finds big meaning in the daily affairs of ordinary people, revealing how the huge changes wrought by the Civil War affected family, faith, work, and more.”Professor B. Phinizy Spalding, a descendant of the lecture’s namesake and professor of history at UGA, organized the Ferdinand Phinizy Lectureship for over 25 years, bringing nationally recognized speakers in the sciences, arts, and politics to the university.The lectureship was established and endowed by Dr. Ferdinand Phinizy Calhoun, Sr. of Atlanta, UGA class of 1900, as a memorial to his grandfather, Ferdinand Phinizy II of Athens.The B. Phinizy Spalding Professorshipwas established after Spalding’s death in 1994. This year marks the 25th anniversary of his passing, and the program will include a tribute to hislegacy.The Global Georgia Initiative presents global problems in local context by addressing pressing contemporary questions, including the economy, society, and the environment, with a focus on how the arts and humanities can intervene. The series is made possible by the support of private individuals and the Willson Center Board of Friends.UGA Signature Lectures feature speakers noted for their broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work. Many of the lectures are supported by endowments, while others honor notable figures and milestones in the university’s history.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 4:00pm

Seney-Stovall Chapel
200 N Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30601

Office of Research, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
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