Theme Co-Sponsors


Elizabeth D. Leonard is the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. A native of New York City, she earned her Ph. D. in U.S. history from the University of California, Riverside, in 1992. Leonard is the author of several articles and books on the Civil War-era: Yankee Women: Gender Battles in the Civil War (1994); All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies (1999); Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War (2004); Men of Color to Arms! Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality (2010); and Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky (2011), which was named co-winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize in 2012, and Slaves, Slaveholders, and a Kentucky Community’s Struggle toward Freedom (forthcoming). Leonard is currently doing research for a biography of Colby’s most famous Civil War alumnus, Benjamin Franklin Butler, class of 1838. She is also a life-long guitarist and singer-songwriter, and many of her songs are inspired by the history she studies and teaches.

Megan Cook Megan Cook teaches medieval literature, with an emphasis on Chaucer and other late medieval poets, and she researches and writes about the fate of Middle English texts and books in the early modern period. Her current book project examines the scholarly reception of Chaucer’s works in sixteenth-century England, with special emphasis on the role of antiquarians in the production of early printed editions. Drawing on both intellectual history and studies in the material book, Megan seeks to understand how antiquarian readers used Middle English poetry to produce new knowledge about literary history and how this, in turn, informed emerging views of the English past.