Over the course of this year, we’ll be interviewing some of the historians scheduled to speak at the 2016 CWI Summer Conference about their upcoming talks and their thoughts about Reconstruction and its legacies. Our most recent interview is with Dr. Caroline Janney, Professor of History at Purdue University. Janney is the author of Burying the Dead But Not the Past: Ladies Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), and most recently, the multi-award-winning Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation (University of North Carolina Press, 2013). Read our interview with Janney here.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
When most people think about the study of history, they think of days spent digging through dusty old archives, researching obscure events and historical figures. While Julia Sippel ’18 enjoys conducting research as much as the next budding historian, she has been able to do much more than that as a Civil War Institute Fellow. The program, which prides itself on providing a range of professional and educational experiences that take students beyond the battlefield, allows students to explore their historical interests through posts on their blog, The Gettysburg Compiler. Sippel has capitalized on that experience, gaining access to nationally renowned historian Joseph Glatthaar and NPR radio personality Garrison Keillor as part of the Compiler’s Dedication Day coverage. Both Glatthaar and Keillor were invited to Gettysburg in order to commemorate the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery and speak about the relevance of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address 152 years after it was given. The Dedication Day ceremony, including a naturalization ceremony of 16 new citizens and a reading of the Gettysburg Address from Lincoln portrayer George Buss, featured Keillor as the keynote speaker. During his address, he read the last letters home from soldiers who fought and died during the Battle of Gettysburg. The Fortenbaugh lecture featured Glatthaar as the keynote speaker. Sippel and other CWI Fellows had the chance to interact with Glatthaar at a private luncheon before his address. For Sippel, the chance to meet the who’s who of the history profession as an undergraduate student has left a strong impression. Read more here.
Curious about what to expect at the Civil War Institute Summer Conference? Watch this video to see what sets the CWI conference apart! Learn more about the conference here. In 2016, CWI will offer a unique program focused on Reconstruction & the Legacy of the Civil War. Click here to register for the 2016 Summer Conference.