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Lee Chapel Spring Lecture to Feature Professor and Author Jason Phillips In his lecture, which is free and open to the public, Phillips will discuss his newest book “Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future.”

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Washington and Lee’s University Collections of Art and History will host Jason Phillips, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies at West Virginia University, as the Lee Chapel spring lecturer on March 18 at noon in Lee Chapel and Museum.

The lecture will be availiable to watch online here.

In his lecture, which is free and open to the public, Phillips will discuss his newest book “Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future.” A book signing will be held directly following the event.

Phillips’s research focuses on ideas of the future in 19th-century America. Described as “the history of the future,” Phillips’s book inverts memory studies to explain how war forecasts formed, spread and competed for adherents during the Civil War era. Sources for his book include sermons, editorials, literature, music, military records, political rhetoric, diaries and political correspondence from the antebellum and postbellum periods.

Phillips received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in 1996, his master’s degree from Wake Forest University in 1998 and his doctorate at Rice University in 2003.