November 2014 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

November 11, 2014

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:00pm at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business & Industry, Chaney Enterprises Conference Room, BI-113, at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata, MD.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Richard J. Siciliano

                       Dr. Richard J. Siciliano

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table welcomes College of Southern Maryland Professor, Richard J. Siciliano, as he delivers a lively and entertaining survey of movies that portray the U.S. Civil War from the early days of film making to the present.  Dr. Siciliano will show and discuss clips and trailers from of movies from the early 20th century to the present, some which may stretch historical truth, and others that are unabashedly creative with historical accuracy.  He will show clips from and talk about such movie standards as Birth of a Nation (1915), Red Badge of Courage (1951) and Gone with the Wind (1939), through more recent movies including Glory (1989), Ken Burns’ The Civil War documentary mini series (1990), Gettysburg (1991), Cold Mountain (2003), Lincoln (2012) and most recently, Copperhead (2013).  Dr. Siciliano will also discuss some lesser known (and perhaps infamous) movies about the Civil War!

A member of the SMCWRT, Dr. Siciliano has developed and teaches an on line course on the Civil War in Film and Literature (ENG-2840), which is offered every spring semester. In conjunction with that course, he also developed a Civil War Film Series, offered at the La Plata campus, which has held last winter and spring.  A professor of British Literature and American Cinema and Culture, Dr. Siciliano has taught at the College of Southern Maryland since 1968. He earned his B.A. degree in English Languages and Literature from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA; his Masters from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C.; and his Doctorate from George Washington University, Washington D.C.