MTSU to host famous British Civil War Scholar! MTSU Scholars Week is proud to host a public lecture, "World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War." The speaker is Amanda Foreman, who previously wrote the prize-winning book, Georgianna: Duchess of Devonshire (1999), before tackling the huge subject of the American Civil War in her latest prize-winning effort. Biographer Antonia Fraser has described Foreman's A World on Fire as "a real-life Gone with the Wind" while historian Brian Jenkins has praised Foreman for putting "a human face -- many human faces -- on a brutal conflict remorselessly descending into an inhuman total war."
Amanda Foreman was born in London, brought up in Los Angeles, and educated in England. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University in New York and received her doctorate in eighteeenth-century British history from Oxford University in 1998. Her book, Georgianna: Duchess of Devonshire, was turned into the film, The Duchess (2008), starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.
The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. on April 1st at the MTSU Student Union Center Ballroom.