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.

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, left, speaks as Navy Secretary Ray Mabus listens before they signed an agreement Friday, March 4, 2011, that will recognize the Naval ROTC's formal presence on campus in Cambridge, Mass. (Elise Amendola/AP)

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.