The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society will present the final War & Society Roundtable Discussion of the spring semester Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Public Library.
“Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy,” by Elizabeth Varon will be moderated by Associate Professor of History Susannah Ural. During the final discussion, the central argument and strengths and weaknesses of the book of the month will be discussed.
“Tuesday's meeting wraps up a wonderful year of discussions on books relating to this year's theme, ‘Spies and Lies: Deception in History.’ It also marks the end of our eighth year of these gatherings of community members and Southern Miss faculty and students, all Dale Center supporters, who share an interest in reading about and discussing the history of warfare,” said Ural.
The final discussion will focus on Elizabeth Varon's biography of the Virginia native Elizabeth Van Lew. With deep roots in an affluent Richmond family, Van Lew challenged stereotypes by opposing slavery in the years before the American Civil War and later becoming one of the Union's most productive spies.
“In addition to discussing Van Lew's biography, we'll also announce of this year's Jack Lucas Award winner. Each spring, the Dale Center presents the Lucas Award for the best undergraduate research paper on a war and society topic, and pays tribute to the memory of Jack Lucas (1918-2008), a longtime Hattiesburg resident and the youngest Marine to win the Medal of Honor," said Ural.
For more information about this event, contact the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at 601.266.4333.