News Release
Feb. 23, 2011

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CONN. BLACK SOLDIERS IN CIVIL WAR SUBJECT OF HCC TALK

Prof. David Koch To Speak

Feb. 28, 2 p.m., Events Center, Beacon Hall


BRIDGEPORT – Connecticut’s Black Civil War soldiers will be the subject of a talk Mon.,  Feb. 28 by HCC Prof. David Koch.

The story of the soldiers is a compelling one, Koch said. “It highlights the best and the worst of a country’s history: a union cause that was pro-abolition but anti-equality for African Americans; dogged determination of men in a state already free fighting for less pay and much less payoff than white soldiers; and persistence in the face of savage reprisal if caught by Confederate soldiers in battle or out of it.”

Prof. Koch is a sought-after speaker who has given numerous lectures at public libraries across the state. He has worked for national historical and natural sites, promoting the nation’s physical and historical heritage.

Prof. Koch  has also lectured for organizations across the country and in Europe on such topics as Civil War battles, politics in the Civil War, medicine in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s life and political activities, and slavery and the American Experience. He has given specialized presentations on the Gettysburg National Cemetery, the Battle of Gettysburg, and Connecticut in the Civil War.

The talk, which is open to the public at no charge, will be held at 2 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall. It is being hosted by HCC’s Behavioral & Social Sciences Department, Black Student Union, and Black History Month Committee.

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: www.hcc.commnet.edu <http://www.hcc.commnet.edu> .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.