Civil War Alive

Bestselling author and historian Amanda Foreman will bring the American Civil War to life during an appearance this week at Harper College.

The author of "A World on Fire," which examines the Civil War through the eyes of the British, will deliver a lecture, sign books and take audience questions beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 3 in the Performing Arts Center on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road.

Harper Professor Jim Edstrom, who teaches an early American history course at the College, said Foreman's latest book effectively places the Civil War on a more global stage.

"It serves as a reminder that we still very much operate in an international context," Edstrom said. "It has relevance for today as well."

The book was named "Book of the Year" by The New Yorker, and listed as one of 2011's best books by the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. Foreman earned the 2011 Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War History, and her best-selling biography "Georgiana" inspired the film "The Duchess," staring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.

Tickets to the event are $10 for general admission, with discounts available for seniors and students. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, contact the Harper College Box Office at 847.925.6100.

Media alert: Four students from Professor Jim Edstrom's early American history course will have dinner with bestselling author Amanda Foreman to discuss her book in advance of her public lecture. It is not open to the public, but reporters and photographers are welcome.

Media Contact: Patrick Bromley, Media Relations Assistant, 847.925.600 ext. 2564,