KSU symposium to link Civil War and Civil Rights

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Forum reflects National Park Service’s 150th Civil War commemoration theme KENNESAW, Ga. (…

Georgia (Mar 17, 2011)Forum reflects National Park Service’s 150th Civil War commemoration theme

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 16, 2011) — The connection between the Civil War and the struggle for civil rights for African-Americans will be discussed March 25-26 during a Kennesaw State University forum.  KSU’s Center for the Study of the Civil War Era hosts its Eighth Annual Symposium on New Interpretations of the American Civil War.


Adopting the National Park Service’s sesquicentennial “Civil War to Civil Rights” theme, the symposium will examine slavery and the multifaceted legacies of the war. Critics say the 100th anniversary largely ignored the role of slavery, but a Congressional action in 2000 directed the nation’s battlefield park officials to include it in commemorative programs during the war’s 150th anniversary, to be celebrated  from 2011-2015. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is co-hosting the symposium.  Events are free and open to the public.


Noted historians and a civil rights activist are among the symposium’s featured speakers.

  • Thomas Costa, chair and professor of history at the University of Virginia-Wise and director of UVA’s Geography of Slavery in Virginia Project
  • Emory M. Thomas, Regents Professor of History Emeritus, University of Georgia, and author of acclaimed biographies of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart
  • O. Vernon Burton, professor of history and sociology, University of Illinois, and author of the award-winning book “The Age of Lincoln”
  • Robert A Pratt, professor of history, University of Georgia and author of “The Color of their Skin: Education and Race in Richmond, Virginia” and a recent chronicle of the desegregation at UGA
  • Judy Richardson, filmmaker andco-producer of the Academy Award-nominated PBS series, “Eyes on the Prize,’ and a founding member of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee).

When and Where:

Opening Reception and Georgia Spiritual Ensemble Concert - Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m.; Old Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon Street, Marietta, Ga. 30060

Symposium Session I - Saturday, March 26, 8:30 a.m. – noon; Burrusr Building, Room 151, KSU Campus, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144

Symposium Session II – Saturday, March 26, 1- 6 p.m.; Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, Ga., 30152


View full conference schedule at http://www.kennesaw.edu/civilwarera/




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 doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu