2017. USA. Dir: Sofia Coppola. With Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst. 93 min.
In the quiet gloom of a draughty plantation house, a small group of Southern ladies devote themselves to studies and survival while the Civil War engulfs the world outside their gates. This already repressive atmosphere grows even more tense with the arrival of a wounded Union solider, whom they meet with apprehensive charity and divisive curiosity.
For those of you on campus, here’s something to check out. In about an hour, Special Collections & Archives is hosting an “Open House in Honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation”:
On Thursday, January 10, original documents, books, and printed materials related to the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War, will be on view in the Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Among the items on display will be a certificate signed by Lincoln appointing Hiram Willey (Wesleyan Class of 1839) U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut; Harper’s Weekly, the North’s most comprehensive, illustrated source for news about the Civil War; Confederate publications related to slavery; abolitionist publications; and the first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s galvanizing novel, Uncle Cabin.
Date: Today, January 10 Time: 2 PM – 4:30 PM Place: Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library
On Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, will discuss his new book, Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival (Wesleyan University Press), as well as the plans that are underway for the state’s 150th anniversary of the war. Although most may not immediately think of Connecticut when considering the Civil War, the state was extensively involved in the conflict. Connecticut sent more than 30 regiments to the front, had an extensive industrial capacity, and an active home front. Connecticut is also home to more than 130 Civil War monuments. The lecture will take place in the Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown.
From 6:30-7:00 and again after the lecture, Suzy Taraba, Head of Special Collections & Archives and University Archivist, will host an open house viewing of the Samuel Proal Hatfield Civil War Photograph Album and other selected items related to the Civil War in the Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives (1st floor Olin).