Civil War 2013 Symposium: Civil War and Memory

In February 2013, the College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships hosted the fifth public history symposium, with the topic "Civil War and Memory."

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2013 Symposium: "Civil War and Memory"

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The fifth annual public symposium explored shifting viewpoints after the Civil War and its lasting impact on politics and culture even up to the current 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Brandeis University Fine Arts professor Nancy Scott discussed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens memorial to Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the Unions African American 54th Regiment in Boston, during the keynote talk.

History, art and literary scholars from UofL, University of Maryland, Middle Tennessee State University and Lewis and Clark College also presented talks. Kentucky-related topics include Kentucky filmmaker D.W. Griffiths epic The Birth of a Nation, journalist and former Kentucky Military Institute student Ambrose Bierce, and Union veteran turned U.S. Rep. Samuel McKee. Other topics will be the Museum of the Confederacy, Sherman's March and Civil War exhibits in 19th century fairs.

2013 Symposium Schedule

February 8, 2013  8:30 AM 4:00 PM

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 Keynote Speaker: Professor Nancy Scott, Brandeis University, Americas Greatest Public Sculpture: The Shaw and 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment Memorial of Augustus Saint-Gaudens

10:00 Coffee Break

10:15 Professor Susan Griffin, University of Louisville, The Haunting of Ambrose Bierce

10:45 Professor Tom Byers, University of Louisville, What Birth? What Nation? Post-Bellum Southern Mythology in Hollywood Film

11:15 Adjunct Professor Cristina Carbone, Log Cabins, Civil War Presidents and Worlds Fairs

11:45 Discussion

12:15 Luncheon, University Club

1:30 Professor Daniel Vivian, University of Louisville, Samuel McKee and the Limits of Union Remembrance in Post-Civil War Kentucky, 1865-1895

2:00 Professor Reiko Hillyer, Lewis and Clark College, Mute Evidence of Our Cause: Object Lessons at Richmonds Museum of the Confederacy

2:30 Professor Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Shermans March and America: Mapping Memory

3:00 Professor Robert Hunt, Middle Tennessee State University, The Army of the Cumberland, Invasion and Emancipation as Union Vets Recalled

3:30 Discussion