The FCWRT is hosting Dr. Ken Rutherford, Sunday, April 10th at the Williamson County Library to discuss Civil War Ordnance and the issues presented by explosives all over the world. Dr. Rutherford is a professor of political science at James Madison University, a worldwide leader in the effort to ban landmines and in 2020 released, America’s Buried History: Landmines in the Civil War. Among many other accomplishments, Rutherford has worked to reduce violence in Mauritania, Senegal, Kenya and Somalia where in 1993 he lost both legs to an explosive device. He is a leader in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines which won the Nobel Prize in 1997 and is a recipient of the Humanitarian Award presented by Paul McCarthy. He also escorted Princess Diana on her last trip to visit landmine survivors in Bosnia. Dr. Rutherford serves on the Board of Trustees for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and has made many appearances on programs such as Dateline, Nightline, NPR News, the US Congress and the United Nations regarding the problem of unexploded ordinance.
Dr. Rutherford holds a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University and earned his B.A. and MBA from the University of Colorado where he played football and is a member of the university’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
This event will begin at 2:00, Sunday April 10th at the Williamson County Library and is open to the public. Space is limited and registration is requested.
Sponsored by Special Collections and The Civil War Round Table.