Over the course of this year, we’ll be interviewing some of the prominent speakers scheduled to speak at the 2016 CWI conference about their upcoming talks and their thoughts about Reconstruction and its legacies. Our first interview is with Dr. Gregory Downs, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Downs is the author of Declarations of Dependence: The Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South, 1861-1908 (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and most recently, After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War (Harvard University Press, 2015), which uses the lens of occupation to examine the immediate period after Confederate surrender as an extension of wartime. Read our interview with Downs here.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
CWI is now accepting applications for the Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program. The Pohanka Program offers Gettysburg College students a unique opportunity to gain paid hands-on experience in museum work. Students selected to participate in this summer internship program will work at well-known National Parks and private museums, giving public tours, assisting with curatorial work and exhibition development, leading children’s programs, and conducting independent historical research. Selected students will receive a $1,500 stipend from CWI and free on-site housing at their respective sites. Applicants need not be history majors or specialists in the Civil War era. The program is open to all matriculated Gettysburg College students, regardless of class year (graduating seniors included). 21 positions are available for Summer 2016; applications are due October 26th. Click here for more information.
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.