Charles W. Calhoun to Present Heritage Lecture on March 31

WILSON, N.C. — March 17, 2015 — Barton College welcomes historian Dr. Charles W. Calhoun as the featured speaker for the upcoming Heritage Lecture on Tuesday, March 31. This event is co-sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities and the Wilson County Historical Association.

Calhoun’s lecture is titled “The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant in Historical Perspective.” The program will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend.

The Thomas Harriot College Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University, Calhoun specializes in the history of the United States in the late nineteenth century, and is a nationally recognized authority on Gilded Age America. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, and holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. His most recent book is “From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail: The Transformation of Politics and Governance in the Gilded Age” (2010). Other works include “Minority Victory: Gilded Age Politics and the Front Porch Campaign of 1888” (2008); “Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question” (2006); and “Benjamin Harrison” (2005).

His edited collection of essays, “The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America,” appeared in a second, revised and enlarged edition in the fall of 2006. In addition, he is general editor of the book series, “The Human Tradition in America.”

Calhoun is a past president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He currently serves on the editorial board and the executive board of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Over the years, he has received several grants, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is currently working on a book on the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant.

For additional information about this program, please contact Dr. Jeff Broadwater, professor of history, at (252) 399-6443 or