Dr. Carol Reardon, the 2015-16 Penn State Laureate and George Winfree
Professor of American History at Penn State University, will speak at
Penn State Shenango on Mon., October 19, at 7 p.m. in Sharon Hall room
105. The title of her presentation is “History versus Heritage: The
View from Gettysburg.” The event is free and open to the public.
Established in 2008, the Penn State Laureate is a full-time
University faculty member in the humanities or fine arts who is
assigned for one academic year to bring an enhanced level of social,
cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad
array of audiences.
“As a military historian, I am interested in the causes, conduct,
cost and consequences of wars, as well as the lessons we learn or —
just as important — fail to learn from these transformational
events,” Reardon said after being appointed laureate last year.
Reardon’s work focuses on how memory shapes historical
interpretation. She is the author of numerous publications, including
the award-winning book “Pickett's Charge in History and Memory.”
In 2007, she received the coveted George W. Atherton Award for
Excellence in Teaching, the highest award given for teaching at Penn
In addition to traditional classroom teaching, she also conducts
‘staff rides’ to Civil War battlefields, manages open-air
classrooms, and is heavily involved in continuing education for
For more information about this and other lectures and presentations
at Penn State Shenango, call 724-983-2825 or visit its website at