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September 2, 2012 - 25th Annual James Monroe Lecture: "What We Know that Ain't So: Myths of the War of 1812."

Officers and crew of H.M. Shannon taking the American Ship Chesapeake (June 1813)

Officers and crew of H.M. Shannon taking the American ship Chesapeake (June 1813).


Don Hickey, award-winning author and noted student of the War of 1812, will deliver this year's James Monroe Lecture on Monday, September 24, at 7 p.m.


In this engaging talk, Professor Hickey will explore the leading myths and misconceptions of the war. A question and answer period will follow in which members of the audience are invited to challenge these views and to offer their own myths of the war.


An award-winning author, Professor Hickey has written six books and more than 50 articles on the War of 1812. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Bicentennial edition, 2012) and Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006). Don also serves as series editor for Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois and is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska.


The lecture is co-sponsored by the UMW departments of History and American Studies and Historic Preservation, and the UMW Center for Historic Preservation. A reception will follow, and three of Don's books will be available for purchase and autographs.


Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center, UMW campus. Free and open to the public.