Calling interested high school students, K-12 teachers and practicing public historians! Are you interested in experiencing the Civil War in a new way, through battlefield programs, special tours, lectures & panel discussions, small group sessions with speakers, and other special activities? Would you like to spend valuable time with primary sources AND battlefield landscapes? Are you looking to reenergize professionally, revamp some of your lesson plans, and/or make new professional contacts? The deadline to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2017 CWI Summer Conference is FEBRUARY 15. All scholarships cover an air-conditioned dorm room, meals for the duration of the conference, tours, and tuition fees. Transportation costs are NOT covered by scholarship funds. [High school student recipients will participate in our one-of-a-kind High School Student Scholarship Program.] Learn more about the scholarship programs offered and the instructions for application.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
The Civil War Institute is pleased to announce two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author T.J. Stiles as a featured speaker at the June 2017 CWI annual conference. Mr. Stiles will deliver two talks based on his multiple-award-winning biographies of 19th-century American icons George Armstrong Custer and Jesse James. Stiles’s talk on Custer will discuss the complex and contradictory life of the renowned Civil War General and frontier fighter. As he explains in Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize), Custer played a critical role in the shaping of modern America, yet embodied the larger contradictions of the era that inhibited both his own personal advancement and the nation’s social progress. His program on notorious western outlaw Jesse James - based on his 2012 book, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War - will move beyond traditional interpretations of James as a folk hero and a romanticized western villain to explain how James’s criminal career grew out of well-articulated, sophisticated beliefs about post-Civil War society and Reconstruction politics. Read more about what Stiles has in store for the audience.