Schedule for Civil War Archives Institute

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Week 1: Theory

The Institute will host an opening presentation on Sunday evening, June 5 at the Visitor’s Center of the Gettysburg Museum. Dr. Jim Downs will give a brief overview of the upcoming two weeks and lead a discussion on the life and legacy of Albert Cashier.

Time Monday, June 6 Tuesday, June 7 Wednesday, June 8 Thursday, June 9 Friday, June 10 Saturday, June 11
9:00am- 11:00am Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection
11:00am- 12:30pm Dr. Jim Downs, Project Director. Discussion on Mark Bloch’s The Historian’s Craft. Ann Stoler, The New School. An interview to reflect on her discipline and its relation to the Civil War. Stephen Berry, University of Georgia. A lecture of his work to create an archive based on coroner’s reports. Dr. Jim Downs . A discussion on Marissa Fuentes Dispossessed Lives. Dr. Jim Downs . A discussion on Carol Reardon’s Pickett’s Charge. Reading, writing, reflection
12:30pm- 1:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30pm- 4:00pm Carolyn Sautter . Gettysburg College’s Special Collections & College Archives. Dr. Jim Downs . A reflection of the morning’s interview in the context of Carolyn Steedman’s, Dust. Stephen Berry . An informal discussion about his research in the archives and his strategies on uncovering new sources. Jennifer Morgan, New York University. An interview about the meaning of the archival term and how it relates to race and gender and how it is applied to Civil War history. Dr. Peter Carmichael, Gettysburg College. Tour of battlefields. Andrew Dalton, Adams County Historical Society. A tour of the historical society’s archives.
4:00pm- 5:00pm Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection

Week 2: Application

Time Monday, June 6 Tuesday, June 7 Wednesday, June 8 Thursday, June 9 Friday, June 10 Saturday, June 11
9:00am- 11:00am Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection Reading, writing, reflection
11:00am- 12:30pm Yael Sternhell, Tel Aviv University
A lecture on her upcoming book, War on Record: The Archive and Making of Civil War History.
Dr. Jim Downs . A discussion of Martha Hodes’s book, Sea Captain’s Wife. Crystal Feimster, Yale University. A lecture on how to read military records for evidence of race and gender. Sarah Gardner, Mercer University. A lecture on how novels function as archives. Catherine Clinton, University of Texas San Antonio
A discussion of her efforts in making archival history available to the public.
Presentations from participants on their research and teaching and how it developed from the Institute.
12:30pm- 1:30pm Lunch Lunc Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30pm- 4:00pm Dr. Jim Downs . Collaborative research using l Musselman Library and Civil War Institute Resources. Dr. Jim Downs . Presentation by Martha Hodes on the Archival Turn and Sea Captain’s Wife Dr. Jim Downs and Crystal Feimster. Joint discussion on how to submit proposals and articles to academic journals such as Civil War History (edited by Downs and Feimster). Joseph Schmidt, New York City Dept. of Education. A workshop on how to turn research into educational videos and lesson plans for high school curricula. Presentations from participants on their research and teaching and how it developed from the Institute. Presentations from participants on their research and teaching and how it developed from the Institute.
4:00pm- 5:00pm Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection

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An NEH Institute for Higher Education Faculty at Gettysburg College from June 5–18, 2022. Directed by Jim Downs, Gilder Lehrman-National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Civil War Studies and History.