The Department of History and Political Science at Worcester State University welcomes Professor Michael Cohen of the University of Tennessee. Dr. Cohen, a Worcester native, is the author of the new book Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War, University of Virginia Press (2012). He wil speak about the experiences of colleges and their students during the war, when the Union and Confederate Armies commandeered some campuses and many students joined those armies as soldiers or nurses. He will also discuss the Civil War's lasting influence on higher education, including the expansion of access to African Americans and the working class. This event will be Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 10 am - 12 noon in the Student Center Blue Lounge. All events are free and open to the public.