Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz lectures on the electrifying tale of a man and a mission that changed the course of American history. Plotted in secret and launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry ruptured the union between North and South. Yet few Americans know the true story of the militant idealists who invaded Virginia before the Civil War. The lecture, “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Civil War” is based on Horwitz’s acclaimed book by the same name that takes an unblinking look at a nation on the brink of explosive conflict. A book signing will follow. Admission is free. The lecture is part of a series on the Civil War, and is made possible by Ruby W. Linn.