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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

UVA Professor and Civil War Historian Gary W. Gallagher Chosen as 2013 Recipient of Merrill Award

July 9, 2013 by ACTA

ACTA has announced the selection of Gary W. Gallagher, noted civil war historian and professor at the University of Virginia, as the recipient of the 2013 Merrill Award for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Education. The Merrill Award honors individuals who promote liberal arts education, core curricula, and the teaching of Western civilization and American history.

Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at UVA. He has worked with the Civil War Trust and was founder and first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites.  He also has a large following outside the academy through his acclaimed courses on the Civil War widely available through The Teaching Company.

“At a time when military history is disappearing from many history departments, Dr. Gallagher shows that Americans cannot understand themselves without coming to terms with the Civil War,” said ACTA president Anne Neal. “His lively classes exemplify the kind of engaging instruction that America’s students need.”

Previous winners of the award include Thomas M. Rollins, founder of The Teaching Company (2012), acclaimed historian and author David McCullough (2011), and Benno Schmidt (2010), chairman of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York.

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