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Date(s) - April 11, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lyric Theatre


The Lessons and Legacies of the Civil War for American Democracy

Thursday April 11 | 6:30 PM


The Civil War is long past, but it remains ever-present. This lecture will explore the enduring political divisions, racial strife, and insurgent violence that followed from events after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Exploring this history helps us to understand the roots of our current world and design alternative pathways forward.


Screening of the documentary Join or Die at the Lyric followed by a lecture by Jeremy Suri, author of Civil War by Other Means.

This event is designed to engage the community and emphasize the importance of community building for democracy. There will be a reception between the film and speech.


Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University’s Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Suri is the author and editor of eleven books on contemporary politics and foreign policy, most recently Civil War By Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy.

Dr. Suri writes for major newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Fortune, The American Prospect and Wired — as well as for various online sites and blogs. He is a popular public lecturer, and appears frequently on radio and television.