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9/16/11 - Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series on tap

A British-American historian whose latest work explores U.S.-British relations during the Civil War opens the 2011-12 Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series at Mississippi State.

At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, Amanda Foreman of New York and London leads the public program at Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium. "A World on Fire: Great Britain and the American Civil War" will be her topic.

The Institute for the Humanities is part of the university's College of Arts and Sciences.

Foreman's address will be based around "A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided," her 1,040-page work released last year by Random House USA and Allen Lane UK. The daughter of the well-known screenwriter and producer Carl Foreman, she is an Oxford University doctoral graduate.

Foreman's 1998 inaugural publication was "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire" (HarperCollins UK and Random House USA). An expansion on her doctoral thesis, the best-selling book won the Whitbread Prize for Best Biography and inspired a successful movie, "The Duchess," that starred Dame Judith "Judi" Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Keira Knightley.

A specialist in 18th century British history, she also attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. (For more, visit

For more on other scheduled events of this year's Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series, visit or contact Will Hay of the history department at 662-325-3604.

Sammy McDavid | University Relations

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