Civil War scholar Terry Alford visits VC

Terry Alford

Victoria College will welcome historian Terry Alford as the second speaker in this year’s Lyceum Lecture Series. Alford, a nationally recognized scholar on John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln assassination, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 in VC’s Johnson Symposium.

Alford is a professor at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College where he teaches survey courses in U.S. history. His Lyceum presentation will focus on Lincoln’s assassin, whose political sentiments were common throughout the South in 1865. His expertise on this subject has earned him appearances on “20/20,” ABC News, the History Channel, the Discovery Network and PBS. “Fortune’s Fool,” Alford’s biography of Booth, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

Alford’s visit is part of "The Civil War in Texas" Conference hosted by the VC/UHV Library commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War. Alford's participation in the conference is supported by the Kathryn O'Connor Foundation.

In addition to “Fortune’s Fool” and another book about John Wilkes Booth, Alford is also the author of the award-winning book “Prince Among Slaves” (1978), the celebrated story of an African royal enslaved in the antebellum south. The book was turned into a documentary shown on PBS in 2008 that attracted a national audience of more than three million viewers.

Tickets are free, but are required to attend the event. Limit five per person. Please call 361-573-3291 to request tickets. Tickets may be picked up in the Marketing & Communications Office in VC’s College Services & Training Building


If You Go...

What: VC's Lyceum Lecture Series featuring Terry Alford

When: Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

Where: Johnson Symposium

Tickets are free, but are required for admission.

Published: Thursday, 13 October 2011

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