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UNGs 'Civil War at 150' series starts next month
Modern research continues to uncover information about the Civil War, the most lethal conflict in the history of the United States, a century and a half later. Here, re-enactors fire a cannon. - photo by For the FCN

GAINESVILLE — The University of North Georgia is holding a free lecture series for the public this winter and spring about the nation's deadliest war.

The three-part “Civil War at 150" begins Feb. 12 and is sponsored by the UNG Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy.

All programs will be in the Cleveland Ballroom in the Martha T. Nesbitt Building on the college’s Gainesville campus. Each of the programs will begin at 6 p.m., with a reception at 5:30 p.m.

According to a news release from UNG, J. David Hacker will conclude the series on April 9, the anniversary of the war's end, with his presentation "The Human Cost of the American Civil War."

Hacker, an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota, conducted a 2012 study that increased the death toll of the Civil War to 750,000.

The series' first lecture, "How the Civil War Impacted Georgia, and How Georgia Impacted the Civil War," is set for Feb. 12.

It will feature John Inscoe, the Albert B. Saye professor of history at the University of Georgia.

The second lecture in the series, "UNG Historians Reflect on the Civil War," is scheduled for March 12 and will feature panelists George Justice, Clay Ouzts, Jennifer Smith and Ben Wynne, all UNG history faculty.

Glen Kyle, executive director of the Northeast Georgia History Center and a faculty member at UNG, will facilitate the panel.

"For the lecture series, we wanted to highlight multiple perspectives and recent scholarship on the impact of the Civil War," said Deanna Gillespie, assistant professor of history at UNG who is organizing the series.

"Our series brings nationally recognized scholars to northeastern Georgia and spotlights [our] faculty members."

The project is supported by a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.