Angelo State University’s Civil War Lecture Series, organized by the History Department to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the conflict, will feature eight events during the 2014-15 academic year.
The fourth and final year of the series will begin Sept. 18 with “Abraham Lincoln’s Constitution” by Dr. Brian Dirck of Anderson University in Indiana. Dirck is the author of “Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865” (2001), “Lincoln the Lawyer” (2007) and “Lincoln and the Constitution” (2012).

The event will coincide with a traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” which will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18-26 at the C.J. Davidson Center in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont. It will then move to the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection, housed on the second floor of the University Center, and be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Sept. 29-Oct. 29.

In addition to constitutional issues, the 2014-15 series will have programs examining the Civil War through the prisms of football, religion, journalism and photography, legal history and civil rights. Dr. Emmett Essin, author of “Shavetails and Bell Sharps: The History of the U.S. Army Mule,” will return to talk about the role of horses after the war, and Dr. Jeff Womack and Kathryn Ostrofsky will present “More Civil War Music.”

All events, unless otherwise noted, will be held at the C.J. Davidson Center in the Houston Harte University Center and will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Civil War Lecture Series, supported by the Department of History, the West Texas Collection, the Office of the President, the American Library Association, Humanities Texas and the Fort Concho Foundation, is free and open to the public.

The series also will include:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21: “The U.S. Cavalry and its Horses in the Post-Civil War Indian-Fighting Army” with Dr. Emmett Essin of East Tennessee State University at the Fort Concho Stables.
  • Thursday, Nov. 20: “‘The Civil War, College Football and the American Pursuit of Masculinity” with Dr. Jim Hindman, ASU president emeritus.
  • Monday, Jan. 26: “Religion and the Civil War” with Dr. April Holm of the University of Mississippi.
  • Thursday, Feb. 26: “The Legal History of the Civil War” with Dr. Mark Weitz, an Austin-based attorney, historian and author.
  • Tuesday, March 10: “More Civil War Music” with Dr. Jeff Womack of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Kathryn Ostrofsky of the Department of History.
  • Tuesday, March 24: “Civil War Journalism & Photography” with Preston Lewis, retired director of the Office of Communications and Marketing, and Tina C. Doyle of the Department of Communication and Mass Media.
  • Thursday, April 9: “From Civil War to Civil Rights” with Drs. Christine Lamberson and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of the Department of History.

For more information, contact the History Department at 325-942-2324 or at or go online to