Thursday, September 23, 2010

NARA: Civil War Symposium 20 Nov 2010

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September 23, 2010

National Archives to Hold Civil War Symposium

Washington, DC. . .The National Archives observes the sesquicentennial
of the American Civil War with a day-long symposium, The Civil War:
Fresh Perspectives on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 9 a.m. until 5:30
p.m. The symposium will feature three panel discussions related to
themes found within the National Archives special exhibit, Discovering
the Civil War. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, will
make opening remarks. Keynote remarks will be presented by Edward Ayers,
President of the University of Richmond.

Note: The symposium is open to working press, but due to a limited
number of press passes, pre-registration is required before October 15.
Contact Public Affairs at:

Advanced registration is required along with a fee of $50. Registration
opens to the public on October 1. Register online at:,
or by phone at (877) 444-6777.

Summary of Panels:

Welcoming and Keynote Address, 9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

The Home Front, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
How did the Civil War impact everyday life, and how did people confront
the challenges of living in a nation at war? A distinguished panel
discusses the home front in both the Union and the Confederacy and how
daily life was affected. Moderated by Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III
Professor of History, University of Virginia, panelists include J.
Matthew Gallman, Professor of History, University of Florida; Thavolia
Glymph, Associate Professor of African & African American Studies and
History, Duke University; James Marten, Professor and Chair of History,
Marquette University; and Amy Murrell Taylor, Associate Professor,
University of Albany, SUNY.

A Global War: International Implications, 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Through diplomatic negotiations and naval conflicts, the Civil War’s
impact extended far beyond U.S. borders. While Union and Confederate
troops battled on American soil, a global diplomatic battle ensued.
Moderated by Edward Ayers, President of the University of Richmond,
panelists include Richard J. M. Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of
History, Vanderbilt University; Howard Jones, University Research
Professor, University of Alabama; Phillip E. Myers, former Director of
Administration, Western Kentucky University Research Foundation; and
Brian Schoen, Assistant Professor of History, Ohio University.

The Nation Before and After, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
What was the state of our nation before and after the Civil War?
Before the war, as southern states were seceding from the Union, few
Americans could have imagined a war that would last four years, destroy
much of the South, and free four million slaves. How did our injured
nation begin to create a new social, political and economic order?
Moderated by Eric Foner, Professor of History, Columbia University,
panelists include Paul A, Cimbala, Professor of History, Fordham
University; Elizabeth R. Varon, Professor of History, Temple University;
Eric H. Walther, Professor of History, University of Houston; and Joan
Waugh, Professor of History, UCLA.

Reception, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The symposium will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the
National Archives Building located at Constitution and 7th St., NW. Use
the Special Events entrance. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green
lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station.

Presented in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives,
the University of Richmond, the Lincoln Group of the District of
Columbia, and the Civil War Roundtable of the District of Columbia.

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