Greetings from the Library of Congress, The John W. Kluge Center wishes to invite you to a special lecture by Edward L. Ayers, noted historian and president of the University of Richmond. Dr. Ayers will speak on “The Shape of the Civil War” onWednesday, June 24th at 4:00 p.m. at the Library of Congress. The event is free and open to the public. Ayers will examine the Civil War through the lens of a remarkable document from 1897 held in the Library of Congress collections, “The Comparative and Synoptical Chart of the American Civil War,” produced by Arthur H. Scaife. Ayers will argue that this chart challenges the way we usually think of the war and offers a bridge to our own digital era. Dr. Ayers is the author of ten books on American history and the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the National Medal for the Humanities, awarded by President Obama at the White House in the summer of 2013. He has been president of the University of Richmond since 2007, has worked closely with the Digital Scholarship Lab at University of Richmond, and is a co-host of BackStory, a nationally syndicated radio show that ties history to the present day. In 2003 he was awarded the National Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Event Details: What: “The Shape of the Civil War<http://loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-093.html>,” a lecture by historian Ed Ayers hosted by The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. When: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, no RSVP or tickets are needed For more information, please visit our website, loc.gov/kluge<http://loc.gov/kluge>. We are grateful if you may share this information with your colleagues or other interested scholars.