How the Civil War Continues to
Shape Civic and Cultural Life in America
November 14–15, 2014, Dudley Davis Center, University of Vermont
* * Watch C-SPAN videos of several conference sessions. And stop by this spring for a film of conference highlights. * *
John Stauffer’s talk on the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Watch here.
Heather Cox Richardson’s “Why Cowboys Mattered in the Post-War Years” Watch here.
David Blight’s “Seeking Usable Pasts” and Lois Brown’s “Cultivating Civility and Accounting for Race” will both air in late February.
We hope you will join us for next year’s conference: Why Do Stories Matter? November 13–14, 2015, Dudley Davis Center, University of Vermont
The Civil War casts a long shadow in the United States. As Robert Penn Warren put it in his classic 1961 book, The Legacy of the Civil War, “many clear and objective facts about America are best understood in reference to the Civil War.” VHC’s 2014 fall conference, presented in collaboration with the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, explores the influence that the War had and continues to have on literature, visual art, race, memory, and politics. The conference, taking place five months before the end of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, will seek to identify lessons vital to American democracy that still can be learned from the War and its aftermath.
Images: Our Banner in the Sky by Frederic E. Church, 1861;
Presented by the Vermont Humanities Council in collaboration with the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, with partnership and support from the National Park Service, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, Billings Farm & Museum, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Fleming Museum, the Friends of the UVM Special Collections, and the Center for Research on Vermont.