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Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian Honored By Hobart And William Smith Colleges

GENEVA, N.Y.–James M. McPherson, a Pulitzer Prize winning Civil War
historian, Princeton University professor, and parent of a 1993 William Smith graduate, was the honored guest at a recent special event of the Hobart and William Smith Alumni Club of Princeton. Called “An Evening of Conversation,” the event was held at the home of Art and Wendy Hopper in Pennington, N.J. on Monday, April 23. The Hoppers are also parents of Alison, a 1993 William Smith graduate.

Following an opening reception, McPherson discussed how he became interested in the Civil War and talked about his current projects. McPherson then fielded questions from the group and lead an interactive discussion on topics ranging from the battles of Gettysburg, Antietam and Shiloh, to civil rights, post-traumatic stress disorder among civil war soldiers, and issues regarding the presence of the confederate flag in modern-day government.

McPherson, the father of Jenny McPherson Long (William Smith '93), is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History at Princeton University and is considered one of the greatest historians of the Civil War. He is the author of countless books and articles on the subject and won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in history for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. McPherson was named the 2000 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hobart and William Smith Club of Princeton co-founders, Laura Strickler, a 1994 William Smith graduate, and Jared Weeden, a 1991 Hobart graduate and a 1987 graduate of The Lawrenceville School, organized the event.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. – the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, extensive community service programs, and nationally competitive athletic programs. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions.

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