On January 30, 2020, Ben Cleary delivered the Banner Lecture, "Searching for Stonewall Jackson: A Quest for Legacy in a Divided America."Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was the embodiment of southern contradictions. He was a slaveowner who fought and died, at least in part, to perpetuate slavery, yet he founded an African American Sunday School and personally taught classes for almost a decade. For all his sternness and rigidity, Jackson was a deeply thoughtful and incredibly intelligent man. But his reputation and mythic status, then and now, was due to more than combat success. In a deeply religious age, he was revered for a piety that was far beyond the norm. How did one man meld his religion with the institution of slavery? How did he reconcile it with the business of killing, at which he so excelled? In Searching for Stonewall Jackson, historian Ben Cleary examines not only Jackson's life, but his own, contemplating what it means to be a white southerner in the twenty-first century. Now, as statues commemorating the Civil War are toppled and Confederate flags come down, Cleary walks the famous battlefields, following in the footsteps of his subject as he questions the legacy of Stonewall Jackson and the South's Lost Cause at a time when the contentions of politics, civil rights, and social justice are at a fever pitch.Ben Cleary is a writer and teacher who lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He is the author of Searching for Stonewall Jackson: A Quest for Legacy in a Divided America.
Virginia native Ben Cleary is the author of Searching for Stonewall Jackson, a non-traditional military history of one of the Civil War's most famous generals. As Ben tells Colin, his interest in "Old Jack" stems from how different the general seems to modern students of the war. Ben's book builds on a career spent writing and teaching. He began his work on Jackson after writing articles for the New York Times "Disunion" feature during the Civil War sesquicentennial. He is also a veteran of the Richmond writing scene and has taught at public schools in the area and in the juvenile justice system. Ben and Colin discuss Jackson's campaigns as well as the general's thoughts on slavery, religion, and family life. Ben talks, too, about his early writing career in the "Scarytown" era of Richmond and how he learned Russian literature from a chain-smoking countess at VCU.
Ep 45: Ben Cleary - Tribecca Global Natural Resources
Inside the Rope with David Clark
In what has proven to be a difficult period for Tribeca, Ben and I discuss the reasons for the fund's underperformance and how Tribeca is positioned to perform going forward. Ben has worked in the natural resource sector for over 15 years and founded Tribeca Global Natural Resources in 2015.
Oscar's nominee Stutterer w/ Director Ben Cleary -
Britflicks is proud to have one of the directors nominated for Best Short, Live Action at the 88th Academy Awards - Benjamin Cleary.Synopsis for Stutterer: A lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear.This is a podcast for www.britflicks.com"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Intro/Outro music:Gaslamp Funworks by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.incompetech.com/music/royalty-fre…isrc=USUAN1100826.