Brian Dirck Book Signing and Lecture

Anderson, Ind. — On Friday, Feb. 15, AU History Professor Brian Dirck will lead a lecture and book signing on his most recent book entitled “The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death.” This event will take place in the Nicholson Library at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

In Dirck’s book, he highlights Lincoln’s unique approach to death: both intellectual and emotional, typical and yet atypical of his times. In showing how Lincoln understood and responded to death, both privately and publicly, Dirck paints a compelling portrait of a commander in chief who buried two sons and gave the orders that sent an unprecedented number of Americans to their deaths.

“Death was the great central, dark truth of the Civil War,” said Dirck. “If we understand how death and dying was experienced and processed during that era, we better understand that part of our nation’s history.”

At the event, Dirck will provide copies for sale and will be available to sign them as well. In his lecture, he will give an overview of the book’s contents, but focus particularly on how Lincoln reacted to the battlefield during the war.

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