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Citadel News Service
23 Jan 2013

War of 1812 historian named Mark Clark Chair

Symposium draws preeminent historians to Charleston

Donald Hickey, one of America’s most respected authorities on the War of 1812, has been named the Gen. Mark Clark Distinguished Visiting Chair of History for the spring semester.

Don  Hickey

As a visiting professor, Hickey will teach courses on the War of 1812. He has also organized a special bicentennial symposium on the conflict, featuring some of the preeminent historians of the War of 1812 from the U.S. and Canada; the symposium will be held on February 9, 2013 at the Old Exchange Building in Charleston.

“We are very fortunate to have Don Hickey join us,” said Col. Bo Moore, dean of the School of Humanities. “His knowledge and his enthusiasm for the War of 1812 are unparalleled, and I am excited about the contribution he’s going to make to our students’ education.”

The Mark Clark Chair of History was established in 1982 in honor of the 11th president of the military college and a war hero whose service in the U.S. Army spanned 40 years. During World War II, Clark was commander of Allied troops that liberated Rome in 1944.

Recently hailed by the New Yorker magazine as the “dean of 1812 scholarship,” Hickey is the author of nearly 100 articles and 7 definitive books on the conflict. His best-selling The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (now in a new 2012 bicentennial edition) won the American Military Institute’s Best Book Award and the National Historical Society’s Book Prize. His other prominent works include Don’t Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006); The Rockets’ Red Glare: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812 (2011); and a forthcoming collection of documents for the Library of America series, entitled The War of 1812: Writings from America’s “Second War of Independence.

Since earning his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1972, Hickey has taught at a number of prestigious institutions, including the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, U.S. Naval War College, the University of Colorado, and Wayne State College in Nebraska, where he has taught since 1978. He has served as a consultant to a number of organizations with projects related to the War of 1812’s bicentennial commemoration, including PBS (a 2011 documentary), the National Park Service, National Portrait Gallery, U.S. Postal Service, National Geographical Society, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum.

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