Join us for a lecture by Dr. Thomas J. Brown on “The Steampunk Civil War” this Sunday

By now you have probably seen a poster of an intriguing be-goggled gentleman in a top had around campus and on the Reese Library Janus board, but (in case you missed it) consider this your official invitation to listen to guest lecturer Dr. Thomas J. Brown on Sunday April 21st in the Washington Hall Dome Room on the Summerville Campus on Walton Way. You can find directions to the campus here.


Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the Associate Director for the Institute for Southern Studies. He is the author of numerous books on the American Civil War and social history including Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States (2006) and The Public Art of Civil War Commemoration (2004). His book Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial was the topic of the last  Augusta Viewpoints Book Discussion.

His lecture on the Steampunk Civil War will explore technological advances in the Civil War and its influence on the current cultural obsession with “Steampunk” from the American side of the Atlantic (for those not in the know: Steampunk often focuses on Victorian era England). Come and join us at 2pm on Sunday in the Washington Hall Dome Room for a fascinating (and very different) look at the Civil War on its 150th anniversary.

For more information contact Reese Library Special Collections at, 706-667-4912 or visit

We hope to see you there!