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The Brose Distinguished Lecture Series

In order to share this work with the public and the greater academic community, the Richards Civil War Era Center has partnered with the University of North Carolina Press to publish expanded versions of these talks. Richards Center Director William Blair serves as series editor.

The 2017 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series

Stephen Berry

Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era, Co-Director of the Center for Virtual History, and Associate Academic Director for Digital Humanities at the University of Georgia, will deliver the 2017 Brose Lectures from November 2 to 4, 2017. Berry is the author of several books and articles on the Civil War and Reconstruction and is the director of the award winning digital scholarship project, CSI Dixie: the View from the South’s County Coroners’ Offices, 1800-1900. The project uses coroners’ inquests to examine causes and patterns of mortality and to shed light on the social meanings of violence and death in the 19th century South. The project will inform Dr. Berry’s Brose Lectures, which will be titled, The Death Investigators

Additional details about the lectures will be posted as they become available. All lectures are free and open to the public in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, Penn State, University Park. 

About the Broses

Janice and Steve BroseSteven H. Brose is a 1969 honors graduate in political science from Penn State and in 2013 earned a Masters Degree in history from George Washington University. He received a law degree from Columbia University and has spent his legal career with the international law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., where he heads the Regulatory and Industry Affairs Department. His practice focuses on federal regulation of the energy industry, with particular emphasis on transportation issues for companies throughout the United States and Canada. He has served as an adviser to the governments of Ecuador and the Republic of Georgia, and assisted the World Bank in its effort to open the Russian oil pipeline network to foreign investment and access. Steve is the 2004 recipient of the Service to Penn State Award from the Liberal Arts Alumni Society and was designated a Centennial Fellow at the 2009 Centennial Celebration of the College of the Liberal Arts.  He is currently chairing the College's Development Council.

Janice Brose attended Penn State for two years before earning a bachelors degree in anthropology from The City College of New York. She later received an associates degree in nursing with certifications in Rehabilitation Nursing and Case Management. She is an avid birder and fond grandmother of two grandsons, one granddaughter, and two cats.

About the Lectures

The Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture and Book Series in the Richards Civil War Era Center was established in 1998 and originally supported a single lecture by a distinguished visitor. The Broses added to the endowment in 2001, allowing a distinguished lecturer to deliver three related lectures over three days. The Broses’ generosity also enabled the Richards Center to enter an agreement with the University of North Carolina Press, which publishes the lectures as part of a series of scholarly monographs with Richard Center Director William Blair serving as series editor.