Drew Gilpin Faust, the prize-winning historian of the American South and the Civil War, will deliver the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced Monday.
Faust, the president of Harvard University since 2007, also lectures at the university on the Civil War and Reconstruction. Her 2008 book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 2009 and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
For the Jefferson Lecture, which will be held May 2 at the Kennedy Center, Faust will discuss “Telling War Stories: Reflections of a Civil War Historian.”
In other lecture news, the National Building Museum announced Monday that Jan Gehl, the Danish architect and author, will discuss making capital cities, including Washington, greener environments. This lecture will be held April 7 and is named for Charles H. Atherton, who was secretary to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts for nearly 40 years.