Symposium to emphasize African-American Civil War experience


MEDIA ADVISORY Top scholars, reenactments and historical tours present alternative views of the era…

Georgia (Mar 16, 2010)MEDIA ADVISORY

Top scholars, reenactments and historical tours present alternative views of the era
KENNESAW, Ga. (March 15, 2010) —The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University  will present an alternative view of the Civil War — from the perspective of African Americans — at its Seventh Annual Symposium on New Interpretations of the American Civil War March 19-21.  
The symposium, “Alternative Southern Realities: African Americans and the American Civil War – Freedom, Memory and Identity,” is a precursor to the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Civil War that begins in 2011. It will emphasize slavery, the emancipation and African-American military participation in the war, areas many scholars say were downplayed during the centennial celebration in 1961. 
Free public events include:
·         A demonstration by a Charleston-based reenactment group depicting the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment, the subject of the movie “Glory.” 
·          An African-American heritage tour of Mableton, Marietta, and Acworth, and an Atlanta History Center exhibit tour.
A dozen top scholars from universities across the country including:
·         Keynote speaker John Vlach, professor of American Studies and anthropology at George Washington University, and author of three books on plantation culture, architecture, art and folklore 
·         Margaret Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent professor in history at Duke University and author of “Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War”
When and Where:
Friday-Sunday, March 19-21
Conference begins at 9 a.m. Friday, March 19
 Burrus Building on the KSU campus
1000 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144
Battlefield demonstrations are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
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This symposium is sponsored through a joint partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Center for the Study of the Civil War Era, National Park Service/Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and the Georgia Humanities Council.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.


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