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Past Distinguished Speakers

  • 2019 - Lorien Foote, Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor in History, Texas A&M University – Civilization and Savagery in the American Civil War: Retaliation and the Conduct of Campaigns
  • 2018 - Stephen Kantrowitz, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison — Citizenship and Civilization: A Ho-Chunk History of the Civil War Era 
  • 2017 - Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era, Co-Director of the Center for Virtual History, and Associate Academic Director for Digital Humanities, University of Georgia — The Death Investigators
  • 2016 - Gregory Downs, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Davis — The Second American Revolution: Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S. Civil War
  • 2015 - Tiya Miles, Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan — Tales from the Haunted South
  • 2014 - Judith Giesberg, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Villanova University — Know(ing) It When You See It: Pornography and Sexual Culture in he Civil War North
  • 2013 - The World the Civil War Made conference featuring:  Amanda Claybaugh, Harvard University; Gregory Downs, The City College of New York; Laura F. Edwards, Duke University; Crystal N. Feimster, Yale University; C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, Illinois College; Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania; Luke Harlow, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Barbara Krauthamer, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Kate Masur, Northwestern University; K. Stephen Prince, University of South Florida; Stacey Smith, Oregon State University; Amy Dru Stanley, University of Chicago; Kidada E. Williams, Wayne State University; Andrew Zimmerman, George Washington University
  • 2012 - Richard J. M. Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History, Vanderbilt University — Taking A New Look at the Underground Railroad (you can view Professor Blackett's opening talk at C-SPAN's American History TV website)
  • 2010 - James O. Horton, (deceased), Benjamin Banneker Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History, The George Washington University — Slavery and Civil War Memory
  • 2009 - Carol Reardon, George Winfree Professor of American History, The Pennsylvania State University — Jomini Stands Silent: The Union Soldier in Combat during Grant's 1864 Virginia Campaigns
  • 2007 - Symposium on the Emancipation Proclamation featuring: William Blair, The Pennsylvania State University, Louis Gerteis, University of Missouri - St. Louis, Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania, Stephanie McCurry, University of Pennsylvania, Mark E. Neely, Jr., The Pennsylvania State University, Michael Vorenberg, Brown University
  • 2006 - Nina Silber, Professor of History, Boston University — Women and the Civil War
  • 2005 - Thomas C. Holt, James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African-American History, University of Chicago — From Slaves to Citizens: Reflections on the Problem of Freedom in the Modern World
  • 2004 - Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor of History of the American Civil War, University of Virginia — Viewing the Civil War: Images and Interpretations in Recent Film and Popular Art
  • 2003 - Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, Notre Dame University, The Civil War as a Crisis in Theology
  • 2002 - Mark E. Neely, Jr., McCabe Greer Professor of History and Senior Historian in Residence, The Pennsylvania State University — So Many Voters: American Political Culture in the Civil War Era
  • 2001 - Michael F. Holt, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History and Corcoran Department of History Chair, University of Virginia — Rethinking the Political History of the Civil War Era
  • 2000 - Drew Gilpin Faust, Professor of U.S. History and President, Harvard University — Peculiar Conditions and Necessities: The Civil War Soldier and the Art of Dying
  • 1999 - Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor, Columbia University — The Story of American Freedom