Learn about “Women of the Civil War” at SXU’s 2013 Farrell Forum

Civil War Women webLearn about the role of women during the Civil War on Tues., Oct. 15 at Saint Xavier University’s 2013 John T. Farrell, Sr. Fall Forum.

“Women of the Civil War” by Jim Weren is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Weren, of Naperville, is a Civil War expert, portrait artist, and storyteller. Through a series of detailed pencil drawings, intriguing anecdotes and historical facts, Weren tells tales of the Civil War and enhances the history lessons found in textbooks. His presentation features more than 50 women of the era — living as soldiers, doctors, lawyers, freed slaves, nurses, teachers, spies, writers, abolitionists, artists, journalists, wives and mothers.

Weren said the mobilization for war sparked the transformation of gender and racial roles, and upset long-held customs and attitudes.

“On the home front, women assumed tasks left unattended by the men gone off to war,” Weren said. “For women who refused to stay home, their patriotism and spirit of adventure drew them to the battlefield alongside the men in the midst of bloody combat.”

Weren spent 40 years in the Chicago marketplace as an illustrator, art director, and creative director and is now retired. He was selected as one of the “Best of the Best” performers by the Library Administrators’ Conference of Northern Illinois.

This event is sponsored by SXU’s Renaissance Academy. For more information, please contact Kathleen Fassl at (773) 233-3770 or kfkato@aol.com.