“Why did the American Civil War happen?” is the subject of the first John M. Turner Lecture in the Humanities of the 2020-21 academic year at the University of Lynchburg. The lecture, given by Dr. Adam Dean, associate professor of history and John M. Turner Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, will be livestreamed on YouTube from campus at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.
The livestream is accessible to the public and an American Sign Language interpreter also will be on hand for the lecture. Dean was appointed Turner Distinguished Professor in the Humanities in 2019. He teaches classes on slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and 19th-century environmental history. For more information about the lecture, email Dean at email@example.com.
Established in 1993 by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and contributions from alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Lynchburg, the John M. Turner Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and the Turner Lecture were named in honor of Dr. John Mills Turner ’20, English professor, dean, vice president for academic affairs, and one of the most beloved and respected members of the Lynchburg community for 41 years (1933-74).