Chamberlain Legacy Lecture: Disability & the American Civil War

Chamberlain Legacy Lecture: Disability & the American Civil War

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$15 – $30

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Lemont Hall

2 Pleasant Street

Brunswick, ME 04011

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The second annual Chamberlain Legacy Lecture explores the personal and societal effects of physical and mental disability in the Civil War.

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Keynote Address by Sarah Handley Cousins, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of History, University of Buffalo

Introduction by Inaugural Chamberlain Legacy Lecturer Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, Ph.D., Director of Research, Massachusetts Historical Society

Sarah Handley-Cousins is the author of Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2019. She is also executive editor of the history blog Nursing Clio and producer of Dig: A History Podcast.

Dr. Handley-Cousins’s research explores how notions of masculinity changed in the 19th century as a result of war wounds, both external and internal. Bodies in Blue includes a full chapter dedicated to Chamberlain’s wounds and the affect they had on him (and his family) throughout his post-war life. During the talk, she will address how society’s ideas about disability were affected by the Civil War and by war in general, and how that impacts how we think about disability in our modern world.

We are excited to host this event in the newly restored Lemont Hall, on the second floor of the Lemont Block, on the corner of Maine and Pleasant Streets in Brunswick. Originally the Knights of Pythias Hall, the stunning room with its original dais and catwalk served as the venue for many compelling speeches and events in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Frederick Douglass spoke there during his visit to town. Chamberlain spoke there several times in his later life including as President of Bowdoin College.

A dessert reception follows the keynote. Tours at the Chamberlain Museum the weekend of the lecture are free.

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