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Past Distinguished Speakers

  • 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 at the University of Georgia, on "The Death Investigators."
  • 2016 - Gregory Downs, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, on "The Second American Revolution: Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S. Civil War."
  • 2015 - Tiya Miles, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan on, "Tales from the Haunted South."
  • 2014- Judith Giesberg, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Villanova University on "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 at Vanderbilt University on “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), the Benjamin Banneker Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History at The George Washington University on "Slavery and Civil War Memory."
  • 2009- Carol Reardon, George Winfree Professor of American History at Penn State on "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 at Boston University on "Women and the Civil War"
  • 2005- Thomas C. Holt, James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African-American History at the 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 at the 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 at Notre Dame University, on "The Civil War as a Crisis in Theology"
  • 2002- Mark E. Neely, Jr., McCabe Greer Professor of History and Senior Historian in Residence at 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 at the University of Virginia, "Rethinking the Political History of the Civil War Era"
  • 2000- Drew Gilpin Faust, Professor of U.S. History and President at Harvard University, "Peculiar Conditions and Necessities: The Civil War Soldier and the Art of Dying"
  • 1999- Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor at Columbia University, "The Story of American Freedom"