Event Days » The Watson Chair Lecture 2013, 18th March 2013 at the British Library. 6.30pm - 8.00pm
The Sulgrave Manor Trust Watson Chair lecture is held this year, for the second time in its 90 year history at the British Library, 6.30pm - 8.00pm. Enterance is free but booking is absolutely essential via the British Library website: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event140348.html.
Professor Richard Carwardine, President of Corpus Christ College, Oxford, and the only non-American winner of the Lincoln Prize for outstanding scholarship on the American Civil War, presents the 2013 Sulgrave Manor Watson Chair Lecture.
President Abraham Lincolnís Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which declared free the millions of slaves held in the Confederate South, signalled that the Northís war to restore the American Union had become a struggle for a more profound freedom. Nowhere did this shift in policy ask more trenchant questions of Union loyalism than amongst the soldiers and civilians of the communities of Irish Americans. This year's lecture, delivered on the day after St Patrick's Day, and in the year of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, could have no more apposite subject matter.
The Eccles Centre is pleased to co-sponsor this event with Sulgrave Manor, the home of George Washington's ancestors, and host to the Watson Chair Lecture for almost a century. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.