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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: Fauquier Heritage Institute presents Sesquicentennial Seminar, "America's Uncivil War: The War Between the States"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fauquier Heritage Institute presents Sesquicentennial Seminar, "America's Uncivil War: The War Between the States"

By Gar Schulin

WARRENTON, VA - The 2011 edition of the annual Fauquier Heritage Institute Lectures in American History features distinguished local historians and nationally acclaimed scholars to address a variety of topics of local and national significance pertaining to the momentous 1861-65 War Between the States on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the epic struggle.

On Saturday, 26 March 2011, the Institute will present a special Sesquicentennial seminar program in the series, "America's Uncivil War: The War Between the States," presented with cooperation by the Abbeville Institute for the Study of Southern Culture. The day-long seminar will feature lectures by distinguished Abbeville scholars with a break for lunch, followed by a panel discussion, conviviality, refreshments and book signings. The seminar will held at the John Barton Payne Building, located at 2 Courthouse Square, on Main Street, in Old Town Warrenton, Virginia. Admission is free to the public and the lectures are sponsored by the Fauquier County Public Library.

The day will begin with complimentary refreshments, treats and an Overview at 8:30 AM. The seminar will provide interested students of history with a greater understanding of the essential truths underlying the revolutionary rupture of the federative polity of the Founders that resulted in what, arguably, was the bloodiest war of the nineteenth century.

Lecture 1 will begin at 9:00 AM by Dr. Thomas J. DiLorenzo, "Why the South Should Never Have Formed a Union With New England Yankees." Lecture 2 will begin at 10:45 AM by Dr. John A. Emison, "Did the Constitution Form 'a more perfect Union'?" Following the 12:15 PM Lunch Break, Lecture 3 will begin at 1:00 PM by Dr. Robert M. Peters, "The Rise of the Hobbesian State and the Demise of Subsidiarity." Lecture 4 will begin at 2:45 PM by LTC D. Jonathan White, "Economics of Anti-Secession." A Panel Discussion will round out the afternoon, followed by conviviality, refreshments and book signings by the authors. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis and interested participants are encouraged to arrive early.

The Abbeville Institute is an association of scholars in higher education devoted to a critical study of what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition. The Institute conducts seminars and conferences for college and graduate students, and guides research and publication on all aspects of the Southern tradition. The Institute is not a Southern heritage preservation society, nor is it concerned merely with the history of the region. Its work is more philosophic in nature, namely to explore the metaphysical image of things human and divine to which the Southern tradition bears witness. This includes seeking to understand the value of those features of community that promote an enduring and humane order: the importance of private property, place, piety, humility, manners, classical liberal studies, rhetoric, and the importance of a human scale to political order. Institute scholars and students are interested both in what those values intimate for our own time, and in how they came to be features of the Southern tradition.

To learn more about the mission of the Abbeville Institute, please refer to their web address at:

About our Abbeville scholar guest presenters:

Dr. Thomas J. DiLorenzo is a Professor of Economics in the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College and is a senior fellow of the Mises Institute. He is the award-winning author of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War; Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe; Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution- And What it Means For America Today; and How Capitalism Saved America; among others. He has been interviewed by a wide spectrum of national radio and television programs, and has published numerous essays in prominent national journals, magazines, newspapers and academic forums. Dr. DiLorenzo received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is a Winner of the Franz Cuhel Memorial Prize for Excellence in Economics Education by Prague University.

Dr. John A. Emison is a sixth generation Tennessean who holds a Ph.D. in resource geography from Oregon State University; a M.S. in physical geography from Memphis State University; and a B.A. in liberal arts from Union University. Dr. Emison worked for more than 15 years in environmental management in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as an environmental scientist and science reporter for the Oak Ridger, and previously served as an editor of a business newspaper in eastern Tennessee. As a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Dr. Emison has a keen interest in Southern history and constitutional law. His first acclaimed book, "Lincoln uber alles: Dictatorship Comes to America" is available from Pelican Publishing Company.

Dr. Robert M. Peters is a native of Louisiana, born in Natchitoches Parish and reared in Grant Parish. He received a B.A. in German with a minor in Russian and philosophy from Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana; and earned an M.A. in German from Southern Methodist University. He was granted a Ph.D. in German from the University of Southern California and completed further studies at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria (German, history and philosophy); the University of Texas at Arlington (French); the Catholic University of the West in Angers, France (French and French culture); the University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany (German, Danish and European history); College of Eastern Studies, Königstein, Germany (Marxism); the University of Tuebingen, Germany (political science); and Louisiana State University in Shreveport (teacher certification and secondary principal certification); and currently serves as the headmaster of a small private school in Grand Cane, Louisiana.

LTC D. Jonathan White, USA (Ret.) is a native Virginian who retired from the US Army in 2007 after 22 years of service, 18 of which were spent in Special Forces. He has taught at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the British Joint Services Command and Staff College in Oxfordshire, England. Colonel White currently serves as a Professor of Military Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and also serves as a commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corps there. He has published articles pertaining to the War Between the States, and Insurgency in Europe and in the United States. He holds three master's degrees: International Affairs (Troy State University 1993), Defense Studies (King's College London 2007) and History (University of Alabama 2009). His fields of research are military history and nineteenth century American history. He is currently completing a Ph.D. at the University of Alabama. In 2007 he retraced on foot the route of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, covering 385 miles in 35 days. He lives in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife Susan.

The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of Virginia and American history. To that end, the Institute hosts a yearly series of public lectures that seek to promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our local, regional and national history.

Additional program and Guest Lecturer details for upcoming seminars will be posted via the Fauquier County Library web site. The Fauquier Heritage Institute welcomes and encourages all volunteers to aid our special events programs and lecture series in a variety of capacities. Contact Program Chair Mr. Gar Schulin at:


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