Colligan History Project sets fall events

The Michael J. Colligan History Project will continue its public history series in Hamilton, focusing on “Hard Road to Liberty: Ohio and the Civil War.”

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
  •  Sept. 16, The Fight Against Slavery: Lessons From History, 7 p.m., Miami Hamilton Downtown Center. Kelli Johnson, Professor of English at Miami University Hamilton, will explore nineteenth-century abolitionism and its relevance in the fight to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in the twenty-first century.
  • Oct. 7, Memorializing John Hunt Morgan and the 1863 Ohio-Indiana Raid, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.  A panel discussion moderated by Matthew Smith, Miami’s Department of History. Panelists are: Jim Blount, Hamilton Historian; Lester Horwitz and David L. Mowery, Independent Scholars and Dr. Michael Pratt, Dean of Miami University’s College of Professional Studies & Applied Sciences.
  • Oct. 29, John E. Dolibois History Prize Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Parrish Auditorium. Featured speaker James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of History, Emeritus from Princeton University. He received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom. McPherson will discuss Ohioans on slavery and emancipation in the Civil War.
  • Nov. 13, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, 7:30 p.m., Parrish Auditorium. The Emmy nominated signature sound of this acoustic duo has been featured on radio, television and film, including Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “The Civil War,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and the films “Legends of the Fall” and “Brother’s Keeper.” This program is co-sponsored with the Miami Regionals Artist Series. Tickets are free but required. To reserve tickets, call (513) 785-3277.

The Michael J. Colligan History Project is a joint undertaking of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and Miami University Hamilton. For more information call (513) 785-3277 or visit  Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

[We might also note that at the Sept. 16 event, the Colligan Project will be giving a special award to yours truly for the work I did covering the Great Flood of 1913 Centennial.– roj]


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