Lecture on “The Civil War in Cinema”

SALEM, Va. - Dr. Brian Wills, Kenneth Asbury Professor of History at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, will speak at Roanoke College on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom. This lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Wills' lecture, titled Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema, is based on his book of the same name. A nationally recognized Civil War historian, Wills takes his audience on a journey through the portrayal of the war in film, exploring what Hollywood got right and wrong, how films influenced each other and, ultimately, how movies reflect America's changing understandings of the conflict and of the nation. Copies of Wills' book will be available for purchase and a signing will follow the lecture.

This lecture is part of the Ritter Lecture Series in Southern History. Named for Roy H. Ritter, a 1926 graduate of Roanoke College, the public lecture series addresses an issue of broad and enduring significance to the history of the South and the nation. Ritter was a partner in the engineering firm of Whitman, Requardt and Associates and one of America's outstanding civil engineers.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.