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Symposium reflects on Civil War memories

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Feb 01, 2013 12:00 PM

“Civil War and Memory” will be the focus of a Feb. 8 conference at UofL.

Symposium reflects on Civil War memories

Robert Gould Shaw's memorial to the Union's African American 54th Regiment.

The 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 consider its lasting impact on politics and culture even up to the current 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morning sessions will be in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium and lunch and afternoon sessions will be at the University Club.

Brandeis University fine arts professor Nancy Scott will give the keynote talk about sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Union’s African American 54th Regiment in Boston.

Seven history, art and literary scholars from UofL, University of Maryland, Middle Tennessee State University and Lewis and Clark College also will present talks on such topics as Kentucky filmmaker D.W. Griffith’s epic “The Birth of a Nation,” emancipation, the Museum of the Confederacy and Gen. W.T. Sherman’s march through Georgia.

Registration is $25 (cash or check) for the general public and includes breakfast and lunch; prior registration is encouraged as seating is limited. University employees and students may attend free if they register by Feb. 4. To register, contact Janna Tajibaeva at janna@louisville.edu or 852-2247.

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