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The French and Indian War: A Time to Remember, A Time to Reflect

August 28, 2012

Category: Events

WarAt the first Catawba College Community Forum of the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Benjamin Farley will introduce his most recent novel and present his views on the French and Indian War and the lessons that struggle can still teach us today. The Forum, free and open to the public, is slated at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall  on campus.

Dr. Farley is the author of seven non-fiction books on theological topics, as well as seven works of fiction, including his most recent novel Three Thousand Days and Nights about America's French and Indian war. The press release for the novel notes that it

"…proves that historical fiction and romance make a winsome combination. Based on history, this fight of freedom tells of many different peoples, deeply affected by theEvents unfolding around them during the French and Indian War - each with the common desire for a life of freedom and independence in a newly settled country."

Roger Pinckney, author of Blue Roots, The Right Side of the River, and Reefer Moon writes that "Farley reminds us in this historical novel, this war is not the dry toast of history. It set the stage for the American Revolution, and there were real people and very real passions involved." Batt Humphreys, author of Dead Weight, remarks: "Three Thousand Days and Nights is history of the senses. Ben Farley takes us to an unfamiliar time and place and breathes life into both the characters and the period."

Born in the Philippine Islands and raised in Virginia, Dr. Farley received his education from Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary. From 1964 to 1973 he served as an ordained minister in Presbyterian churches in Virginia. He was Yount's Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Erskine College in Due West, SC where he taught from 1974 to 2000. He has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs and is a 1990 recipient of the "Writer of the Season" award from Nostalgia magazine.


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