Professor of History to Give Ashbrook Center Colloquium

Professor of History to Give Ashbrook Center Lecture

9/17/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, professor of history and director of Civil War era studies at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., will speak at Ashland University’s Ashbrook Center, focusing his colloquium on the question, “Was the Civil War a Second American Revolution?”

Guelzo’s lecture, which is free, will be held on Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. For more information, contact Lisa Ormiston at 419.289.5429 or

Guelzo was born in Yokohama, Japan, and holds a master of arts and Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Wm. Eerdmans, 1999), which won both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize in 2000; Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004), which also won the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for 2005; Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America (Simon & Schuster, 2008), on the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858; a volume of essays, Abraham Lincoln as a Man of Ideas (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), which won a Certificate of Merit from the Illinois State Historical Association in 2010; and Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (in the Oxford University Press ‘Very Short Introductions’ series.

In 2012, he published “Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction” with Oxford University Press, and this May Knopf will published his book on the battle of Gettysburg (for the 150th anniversary of the battle), Gettysburg: The Last Invasion.

Guelzo has written for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, First Things, U.S. News & World Report, National Review, the Daily Beast, the Claremont Review of Books and Books and Culture, and has been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday,” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Brian Lamb’s “Booknotes,” and Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America.” Together with Patrick Allitt and Gary W. Gallagher, he team-taught The Teaching Company’s new edition of its American History series, and as well as courses on DVD on Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Lincoln, on American intellectual history (The American Mind), and the American Revolution.

Guelzo lives in Paoli and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Debra.

The Ashbrook Center is an independent center at Ashland University that restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. The Center teaches students and teachers across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world.  Ashbrook creates informed patriots.

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