Chestertown, MD, November 1, 2006— The Washington College Department of History's annual Guy F. Goodfellow Memorial Lecture and the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience welcome Alan Taylor, professor of history at the University of California at Davis, speaking on "John Graves Simcoe's Counter-Revolution: Northern Echoes of the American Revolution," Monday, November 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Litrenta Lecture Hall of the John S. Toll Science Center. A book signing will follow. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Dr. Alan Taylor serves as professor of history at the University of California at Davis, where he has taught courses in early American history, the history of the American West, and the history of Canada since 1994. He is the author of five books including Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), William Cooper's Town, Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic, (New York: Viking Penguin, 2001), Writing Early American History (2005), and The Divided Ground (2006). William Cooper's Town won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for American history as well as Bancroft and Beveridge prizes, and American Colonies received the 2001 Gold Medal for Non-Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California.
His next book project, The Civil War of 1812, will examine the political rupture of North America affected by conflict between the American republic and the British Empire. In addition to his several book ventures, he is a contributing editor for The New Republic, and is active in the History Project at UCDavis, which provides curriculum support for K-12 teachers in history and social studies. In 2002, he won the University of California at Davis Award for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement and the Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association, Teaching Excellence Award.
The Guy F. Goodfellow Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1989 to honor the memory of the late history professor who had taught at Washington College for 30 years. The intent of the endowed lecture series is to bring a distinguished historian to campus each year to lecture and to spend time with students in emulation of Dr. Goodfellow's vibrant teaching style.
For more information please visit the C.V. Starr Center site at http://starrcenter.washcoll.edu