Distinguished American historian and University of Rochester alumnus Steven Hahn will give a lecture titled "Why the Civil War Mattered" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University's River Campus. His talk, part of the Verne Moore Lecture Series, is also sponsored by the Delta Upsilon fraternity and is free and open to the public.
Hahn won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration. The book, which examines the struggles of rural Southern blacks for political and economic power, also won the Bancroft Prize from Columbia University and the Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians. Hahn is also the author of The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890, which received both the Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.
Hahn is the Roy B. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in social and political history of 19th-century America, the history of the American South, and the comparative history of slavery and emancipation. He has also been on the faculties of the University of Delaware, the University of California San Diego, and Northwestern University. He received his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Rochester in 1973 and his doctorate from Yale University.
Hahn also has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. He is also an elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians.
The Verne Moore Lectures are sponsored by the Department of History and have been funded by a gift from University alumnus Verne Moore, Class of 1950, since 1996. Hahn's talk will be followed by a reception. For more information, call (585) 275-2052.