At the end of March, Gettysburg College’s chapter of Free the Slaves will host a two-day conference on “The Unfinished Work: 24 Hours Dedicated to Fighting Modern Slavery.” Sponsored in partnership with Historians Against Slavery and funded by the Civil War Institute, the President’s Office, the History Department, the Africana Studies Program and the Globalization Studies Program, the conference will bring together students involved in various anti-slavery, abolitionist, and human trafficking organizations at colleges across the US with scholars whose work engages issues of slavery, forced labor and human trafficking. The conference’s goals include stimulating cohesive dialogue among college students about how they can be effective in strengthening intellectual foundations for modern antislavery & anti-trafficking efforts, providing guidance for practical application of effective modern antislavery & anti-trafficking efforts, explaining challenges confronting grassroots activists and government officials, and assisting students in coordinating efforts. Attendance is free and those interested can register online via Facebook or Twitter.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
Over the next few weeks, CWI Director Peter Carmichael will travel south to headline the University of Alabama’s Sanders Lecture Series and the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Five Forks. Held annually, the Sanders Lecture Series commemorates the University of Alabama Corps of Cadets who fought in the Civil War and defended their school during the 1865 attack on the University’s campus. Carmichael’s lecture, “A Plea for Peace: The Literary Style of Semi-Literate Confederates” will take place on April 4 and will explore the opinions and modes of expression of semi-literate Confederate soldiers. The Five Forks event will take place on Saturday, March 28. In the words of NPS coordinator Tracy Chernault, “With the help of Dr. Carmichael and others involved in Petersburg National Battlefield’s sesquicentennial commemoration of the battle of Five Forks, we hope to broaden public understanding of how this day in U.S. history at this rural crossroads was of national significance and led to the restoration of the Union." For more about the Sanders Lecture Series, please click here.