Civil War 2013 Symposium: “Civil War and Memory”
February 8, 2013
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."
Past symposia topics:
- Civil War Symposium 2011 Program (PDF)
- "Louisville, the Ohio Valley, and the Civil War", 2010
- “Land, River and Peoples: Louisville before the Civil War,” 2009
2013 Symposium: "Civil War and Memory"
UofL's College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships sponsor the fifth annual public symposium. This year’s program will look at 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 will discuss sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ memorial to Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the Union’s 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 will present talks. Kentucky-related topics include Kentucky filmmaker D.W. Griffith’s 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, “America’s 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 World’s Fairs”
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 Richmond’s Museum of the Confederacy”
2:30 Professor Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, “Sherman’s 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”