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The Charming Ed Ayers

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1 The Charming Ed Ayers on Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:41 am

Here's the charming Ed Ayers, Civil War historian and president of the University of Richmond, as I mentioned last weekend:

He's the 19th Century History Guy for Back Story with the History Guys on NPR.

It is said that history students at the University of Virginia went into mourning when he moved to Richmond, and history students at the University of Richmond have threatened to barricade the city if U of Va ever came back for him. However, I think Texans could bust him out, not that he would ever want to leave his beloved dominion.

Here's the website of the 2009 kick off conference for the Virginia Sesquicentennial that I mentioned:
The next conference will be on September 24 and will deal with slavery. It will probably be webcast live, just like the first one was. HIGHLY recommended if you have a fast connection.

Ayers was just so cool keeping the Ph.D.s in line and following the ground rules--they barely knew they were being reined in. Sensitive topics were handled sensitively--you know how divisive John Brown can be. All points of view were allowed but examined critically. And he has such a wonderful Virginia accent that I could listen to him read the proverbial phone book.

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