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USNA announces 35th Annual Bancroft Lecture

| September 30, 2014, 12:45 PM | 0 Comments

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Harvard University president, Drew Gilpin FaustThe Naval Academy’s history department invites the public to attend a lecture by the President of Harvard University Drew Gilpin Faust, Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:15 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

Faust will speak on, “The Civil War, the Great War and the Meaning of the Twentieth Century” as part of the academy’s Bancroft Lecture series. The lecture is free of charge and no RSVP is necessary.

Faust is also the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  She is the author of six books including her most recent, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” which looks at the impact of the Civil War’s enormous death toll on the lives of 19th-century Americans. It won the Bancroft Prize in 2009, was a finalist for both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was named by The New York Times one of the “10 Best Books of 2008.”  “This Republic of Suffering” is the basis for a 2012 Emmy-nominated episode of the PBS American Experience documentaries titled “Death and the Civil War,” directed by Ric Burns.

The Bancroft Lecture series is held each year in October and was established by the Naval Academy’s History Department to honor the academy’s founder, George Bancroft.  The Bancroft Lecture series is supported by private gift funds donated through the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and celebrates the anniversary of Bancroft’s birth (Oct. 3, 1800) and the anniversary of the founding of the academy (Oct. 10, 1845).

Since 1980, the Bancroft Lecture series has brought eminent historians to speak to a mixed audience of midshipmen, faculty, and the Annapolis community about their research and the relevance of the historian’s craft to today’s world.

Visitors may enter through Gate 3 (Maryland Avenue – recommended) or Gate 1 (at the intersection of King George Street and Randall Street) and will be required to show a picture ID.  All bags are subject to search. Vehicles without a Department of Defense or USNA credentialed driver or passenger are not permitted to drive onto the academy grounds. Visitors are encouraged to park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (price to park is $5) and ride the circulator bus to the academy.  Vehicles with handicapped placards or license plates may enter through Gates 1 or 8.

For more information about the Naval Academy’s history department, visit For more information about the Naval Academy, please visit: or their Facebook page.

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