Dine-ins are small discussion groups which meet during a regularly-scheduled meal time in the campus dining center. Dine-ins are facilitated by speakers, who select a theme/topic for discussion as well as some brief readings that will be distributed prior to the conference. Each dine-in will contain no more than 10 people. Anyone is welcome to sign up for a dine-in, but due to space limitations, pre-registration is required and the seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The dine-in selection process for 2018 will open in early April.
Jonathan Lande, “African American Soldiers in the U.S. Civil War”
African American soldiering in the U.S. Civil War was a turning point in American history. From the start of the war, Frederick Douglass contended that service would liberate black men, lead to African American inclusion in the polity, and reestablish black manhood. Douglass was right. As historians have shown since 1865, service provided African Americans new opportunities and contributed to the efforts to open up citizenship and suffrage for African Americans. However, during the war, lesser-known men found service to be a violation of their freedom. For many of these black soldiers, the army challenged their ideas of freedom. The men grew discontented by military service and resisted to improve conditions and make freedom substantive. In this discussion, we will examine the decision to enlist and the politics surrounding it; the history of African American military service since the war; and the soldiers who determined that service did not serve freedom and resisted as a result.
Jennifer Murray, “Meade & Lincoln: Exploring Civil-Military Relations”
This dine-in discussion will examine the relationship between General George Gordon Meade and his commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln. Specifically, we will explore Lincoln’s “unsent letter” and his expectations for Meade following the battle of Gettysburg. This affords an opportunity to reevaluate the civil-military dynamic during the Civil War.