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Cynthia Mills: Civil War Monuments

In this forty-five minute talk, Cynthia Mills traces the arc of Civil War commemorative public sculptures, describes the similarities and differences between Northern and Southern monuments, and discusses the continued interest in and uses of these public monuments.

Martha Sandweiss: Is There Anything More to See?

In this thirteen minute presentation, historian Martha Sandweiss challenges assumptions and some of the uses of Civil War photographs as historical documents. Although biased, unreliable, and unrepresentative, the images are mostly used as illustrations of events. .

Anthony Lee: Is There Anything More to See?

In this 15 minute talk, art historian, curator, and photographer Anthony Lee provocatively examines Civil War era photography by way of one case study. The discovery, in June 2010, of a supposedly rare carte-de-visite depicting two African-American boys began a contentious ordeal over the monetary and historic value of the artifact

Mary Niall Mitchell: Is There Anything More to See?

Historian Mary Niall Mitchell uses less known and difficult to understand photographs to discuss the use of photography as propaganda during the Civil War.

Racial Segregation and Education in Brooklyn

Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks to New York City teachers about the influence of school districting on the racial segregation of Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Deborah Willis: Is There Anything More to See?

Professor, curator, photographer Deborah Willis discusses the pictorial record and a "new memory of photography."

Gary W. Gallagher: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Historian Gary W. Gallagher discusses the concept of union in the nineteenth century and its importance in the Civil War.

Gregory Downs: Did the Real War Ever Get in the Books?

Historian Gregory Downs (City College of New York, City University of New York) explains the range of scholarly approaches that shape our understanding of the Civil War.

Stephanie McCurry: Did the Real War Ever Get in the Books?

Historian Stephanie McCurry (University of Pennsylvania) explains why understanding the Confederacy from the inside out changes our understanding of the Civil War.

James Oakes: Did the Real War Ever Get in the Books?

Historian James Oakes describes how the interpretation of the Emancipation Proclamation as a turning point in the Civil War has obscured its pre-war origins.

Like It’s Still Going On: A Civil War Sesquicentennial Reading and Discussion [part 1]

In the first part of this two-part panel discussion, held at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, distinguished contemporary American writers Frank Bidart, Vijay Seshadri, and Kevin Young talk about writing about the Civil War 150 years after it began.

Like It’s Still Going On: A Civil War Sesquicentennial Reading and Discussion [part 2]

In the second part of this two-part panel discussion, held at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, distinguished contemporary American writers Frank Bidart, Vijay Seshadri, and Kevin Young talk about writing about the Civil War 150 years after it began.

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