Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This Thursday: Lecture and Book Signing with Peter Wood

This Thursday, Feb. 24, Duke University historian Peter H. Wood will present a lecture at GMOA in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium. His lecture and a book signing will take place from 5 to 6 p.m.

One of Winslow Homer’s most striking paintings, a wartime image of an enslaved black woman in Georgia (above), disappeared for a century after its completion in 1866. The revealing original title, “Near Andersonville,” was not discovered until 1987.

In his lecture, Dr. Wood will delve deeply into this picture for the first time, expanding our view of this great American artist and challenging American culture’s lingering reluctance to confront its own painful past.

Dr. Wood has written extensively on Homer and on black Americans in the colonial South. He taught history at Duke from 1975 to 2008 and recently received the Asher Distinguished Teaching award, given annually by the American Historical Association.

Click here to read more about Dr. Wood, and visit this site for more information about his book “Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War.”

The lecture is organized by the UGA Department of History and co-sponsored by GMOA. Free and open to the public.

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