Pulitzer prize finalist and Binghamton alumna to give lecture on Civil War


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Alumna Stephanie McCurry will return to Binghamton University to give a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 28, in the Casadesus Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.  This talk is free and open to the public.


McCurry, professor and undergraduate chair of history at the University of Pennsylvania, is a specialist in 19th-century American history, with a focus on the American South and the Civil War era. She is the author of numerous prize-winning publications including her most recent book and the topic of her presentation: Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South, published in 2010 by Harvard University Press and for which McCurry was named a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist.


The same book earned her a 2011 Avery O. Craven Award and the 2011 Merle Curti Award. Since 1985, the Craven Award has been presented annually by the Organization of American Historians for the most original book on the coming of the Civil War, the Civil War years and Reconstruction, with the exception of works of purely military history. The Curti Award is given annually for the best book in American social and/or American intellectual history.


McCurry has been an OAH Distinguished Lecturer since 2005,  and has held fellowships with the Smithsonian Institution, the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Guggenheim Foundation.  She has taught at the University of California, San Diego and Northwestern University, and has been a visiting professor at Princeton University. McCurry earned her PhD at Binghamton University in 1988.

Last Updated: 9/17/13